Sunday, 25 April 2010

The Rift Splitting the Regime


(Lutra, -)


[Edoardo Montenegro, Turin] - Last Thursday, at the National Directorate of the People of Freedom, the President of the Chamber of Deputies Gianfranco Fini publicly attacked Silvio Berlusconi on grounds of annihilating the identity of the party by reducing its policy to the will of the xenophobic and secessionist Northern League.

"Is it heretic to say that I do not recognize the values of the European Popular Party, the respect of human dignity, when I hear that doctors have to sneak, that when a clandestine immigrant goes to the hospital he must be reported to the police? [...] In Northern Italy we have become a photocopy of the League" (1).

Gianfranco Fini, the former leader of the neo-fascist Social Movement, met Silvio Berlusconi on his way in 1993, when Berlusconi - on the point of starting his own political career - endorsed him at the elections for the mayor of Rome. Since then, Fini has served as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, gradually shifting his position to be acknowledged as a genuine conservative leader. In 2008 he cofounded the People of Freedom with Silvio Berlusconi.

The National Directorate ended up with only 11 votes out of 170 for Gianfranco Fini. Nevertheless, given Silvio Berlusconi's approach to dissent this could be a threat to his declining power: "Berlusconi has a monolithic ethics," - as Nadia Urbinati explained - "and he knows no language but one: the command of the principal" (2).

Gianfranco Fini has begun a three-year-long war of attrition, his hope of success laying on the awareness that the sheep will sooner or later abandon the tyrant to his destiny. The Church and Confindustria, as a rule, will be decisive to say when.

Meanwhile, as Ezio Mauro wrote, "Adventurism will be the supreme phase, the last, of berlusconism in power" (3).

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"È eretico dire che io non mi ci ritrovo nei valori del Ppe, del rispetto della dignità umana quando sento dire che i medici devono fare la spia, che quando un immigrato clandestino va in ospedale deve essere segnalato ai carabinieri? [...] Al Nord siamo diventati la fotocopia della Lega." Mr Fini's speach can be listened at tv.repubblica.it.

"Berlusconi ha un'etica monolitica, e conosce un linguaggio e uno solo: quello del comando padronale. E' così connaturato in lui questo stile che egli non sa nemmeno distinguere fra Istituzioni dello Stato e dipartimenti economici del suo impero" (repubblica.it). Nadia Urbinati is Nell and Herbert M. Singer Professor of Contemporary Civilization at Columbia University.

"L'avventurismo sarà la fase suprema, l'ultima, del berlusconismo al potere." (repubblica.it). Ezio Mauro is editor-in-chief at la Repubblica.

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