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Four little hooligans, three disapproving whistles, 61 votes to lose. There’s nothing you can say against Premier Renzi, you could reproach him for all else except for the fact that he knows how to reckon well. And thus, even on the election law, Parliament kneels down to the strongest. The Italicum, may not be the most adquate law, but you can’t deny – at the end of this tug of war – the political strength enjoyed by the former Mayor of Florencer. How much is pure power as opposed to someone else’s weakness, needs to be assessed.

The opposition MPs went out of the halls, a bit like staying out of a boxing ring to avoid fighting for the title; then there were those who legitimately had decided to vote “no”, the same ones who beyond the slogans and interviews had failed to pool together either within the house or within the party itself. This, is more a political assessment than an opinion, if it holds true, as it is, that numbers have never belied the tenant of Palazzo Chigi. At least, in this little Italy of ours, where every now and then, people mumble but don’t act, where the fixed job place (or guaranteed) – preferably, a seat in Parliament – is worth more than any ideological battle. It’s a different story in Europe. Fewer declarations are made and more slaps in the face are given: Maastricht parameters have not been changed, the deficit/GDP ratio is stuck at 3%, our marine riflemen are still in the hands of the Indians, and Frontex weighs on the backs of the Italians.

But that is all another story. In Italy, the Italicum was approved: 334 votes in favour, 61 against and 4 abstained. And hence, the Premier must be acknowledged in having a global vision that goes beyond all other points of observation. If a governor is worried, he speaks of four little hooligans’, if a Trade Union mobilises, he efers to it as being just “three whistles that do not harm at all”, if a parliamentary opposition goes up to the Aventine hill he replicates: “I’m very fond of Chesterton’s phrase that says: ‘ democracy is the government of the rude”. Translated it means: do as you like, I’m going ahead anyhow, even if you disagree. “Mission accomplished. The government has kept its commitment. We have promised, we’ve kept our promise “, the Minister Maria Elena Boschi replicated to reporters in support of Renzi’s comment following the approval of the law.

For the group-leader of Lega Nord in the chamber, Giancarlo Giorgetti “there are too many similarities with the ‘Acerbo law’: the vote of confidence, the cowardice of liberal parties,the silence of rightful-thinking intellectuals: the situation here looks identical. The atmosphere is rather tens in parliament-said Giorgetti-you can’t breathe politics but politics in captivity. We would all be happy to survive till 2018. This isn’t fascism or antifascism for that matter, of some old Lion: the old Communit party no longer exists. Of the Christian democratic party there’s nothing left, and that’s the problem. What we are celebrating is not the end of the first or second Republic, but the end of ‘the Republic’ itself which was born out of the resistance “. Yep, that’s right. Concerning resistance – meaning the one able of acting coherent and not just talking –hardly any trace of it left in our parts.

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