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Shamelessly Treacherous

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Image courtesy of Roberto Mangosi

Image courtesy of Roberto Mangosi

Newspapers announce another government crisis. This afternoon Berlusconi ordered to his Ministers to resign and they replied to their lord with a “Yes Sir.” Berlusconi knows the vote in the Senate will force him to relinquish his seat after his conviction for fiscal fraud this Summer. This is his last attempt to extort the President of the Republic a pardon, namely an act of clemency to forgive his crime; or to try to convince the Senate to save him by voting down the relinquishment of his seat.

To add insult to injury, we are witnessing for the umpteenth time Berlusconi and his political and news servants turning reality upside-down. For two months now, we’ve been listening over and over again that Berlusconi’s conviction was a product of Communist Judges trying to get rid of him with a sentence because of the inability of the Left to defeat him politically. Then- after Cassazione, the Court of third instance, confirmed the sentence of the Court of Appeal- we saw Berlusconi’s video message where he shamelessly stated in front of the whole country that he was innocent. Now MPs of Berlusconi’s party affirm that the reason they resigned is to avoid a tax increase that will occur starting from Tuesday. The tax increase, however, is a direct consequence of PdL’s (Berlusconi’s party) MPs refusal to sign a bill that would have avoided it yesterday.

It is unbelievable how these irresponsible MPs and their absolute master/owner mystify reality. Listening the Minister of Internal Affairs saying publicly that Berlusconi’s conviction and the subsequent relinquishment of his seat at the Senate is against the rule of law and that we now live in a judicial regime is outrageous. We are hostage of a certified criminal. In the rest of Western democracies parties such as PdL would not find place in the Parliament. Because of the subversive nature, PdL should be a mere extra-parliamentary force. In Italy, Berlusconi not only ruled the country for four (and a half, considering this grand coalition government with the Dems) times, but he also loves to define himself “the leader of the moderate conservatives.” Conservatives so moderate that do not want to comply with the rule of law; that pass bills ad personam to save Berlusconi from other trials; and let a country’s government collapse because they are unwilling and unable to survive without their political owner.

By the way, I started this blog during 2013 elections and it was clear since day one that this grand coalition would have been short-lived. In good faith or not, President Napolitano holds the majority of the burden of this failure. He accepted his second mandate as a result of a House of Cards-like Presidential elections with a clear idea in mind: facilitating the creation of a grand coalition. The whole political architecture built up by the President looked extremely weak and incapable of sorting out the huge Italian political, social, and economic challenges. This government should have simply been avoided. Berlusconi couldn’t wait to influence the daily political activity for his own interest and his MPs couldn’t wait to go along with their lord’s wishes. They have little, if any, political stature. They just repeat whatever the boss says, like parrots. No trace of deception in PdL, not even after the conviction. No sign of criticism to the line held by the supreme leader. Ever. Dems have no excuses. After twenty years, it’s no longer possible to believe in their good faith. Now that this new crisis erupted, they seem to fall from the sky. What the hell did you expect from Berlusconi?? He’s there only for his personal interest and he’s there with you as long as you save him. You don’t, you fall with him.



  1. Nekia says:

    Intellectually insightful and passionately critical. What an outrage, this whole song and dance. Really well written Mr. Farina!

  2. Andrea Battellani says:

    Le parole per descrivere la situazione politica italiana sono ormai rimaste poche, il PDL ogni giorno che passa dimostra la sua INUTILITA’ attuale e INUTILITA’ storica, un partito, come dici giustamente, che è solo l’estensione di un UOMO, che non è leader di niente, se non di un gruppo di pecore ammaestrate, che sono lì per 3 motivi :
    1. interessi personali
    2. interessi personali
    3. interessi personali
    Il vero problema però non è solo Berlusconi e i suoi interessi oppure il PD che è il nulla più totale o Napolitano che è più attaccato di una tappezzeria alla sua poltrona, il problema sono gli “ITALIANI”…spiace dirlo, ma siamo una massa di creduloni che avrebbe dovuto già da tempo ribellarsi a questa classe politica che ci ha portato oggi a questa situazione.
    La crisi è internazionale, è vero, ma le risorse per poter uscire come stato italiano ci sono.
    C’è bisogno di riorganizzare tutto da zero,il walfare,il sitema pensionistico, le tasse, la spesa pubblica, l’istruzione. Sono drastico ma è così.
    Da salvare c’è poco. La ricetta non è facile da trovare, di sicuro l’austerità non è stata la risposta, il nostro problema più grande è culturale; pensiamo troppo a noi stessi, abbiamo un paese diviso in 2 da centinaia di anni.
    L’unità nazionale può essere il primo passo, ma ho paura che finchè non ci mancherà il pane dalla tavola, non succederà niente.

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