April 16, 2008

Veltrusconi? Here is an example ...

Here is an example of what I mean when I talk about “Veltrusconi” (in today’s online edition of Il Foglio newspaper):

The day after the electoral apotheosis – while in Friuli and Rome other landslides were being realised – the Cav. (Berlusconi) was already once again the worker Prime Minister, but with a more mature touch which was welcome to the Opposition. The exchange of courtesies with the Party co-ordinator of the Democratic Party, Goffredo Bettini, followed by Berlusconi’s invitation to a meeting via his own Master of Ceremonies Gianni Letta, signalled a desire for coherence with what had been decided before the election. To take, among others, one of the Cav’s phrases: “It would be I myself who would be the happiest with a continuing debate and dialogue with the Opposition”.


  1. Both PD and UDC announced that they're not going to support Berlusconi's government, possibly giving their votes only to particular proposals of the majority.

    Therefore, Berlusconi has no alternative to the alliance with the Lega.

    Political reforms and other bi-partisan issues will be voted by Berlusconi _only_ with the Lega's approval, since breaking up with the Lega would signal the end of his government.

    So picture me skeptical of Vertrusconism...

  2. Hi Rob,

    Well, I do not know if what Stefanoc says is true. Berlusconi controls the Lega in some way. They also have a common feeling. Or maybe I just really would love what Rob says to be true?

    Veltrusconi is a nice concept, I like it. A simplified party system, left and right programs being very similar, “no far right and radical left parties”, which is not bad (although some people will not feel represented, which is bad). Is our political chaos getting close to an end? Gosh…hard to say.

    On the whole, and maybe digressing a bit, I think Berlusconi is a kind of a genius but I never had high moral esteem of him. Now though I think that he has such a great opportunity (am I naive?). He has solved all his personal problems, he has again a total power which is unusual in our country, plus he is at the end of his career (plus he knows he is loved, which seems to be important to him). Why the hell then can’t he try to... mend this unethical image (portrayed in so many newspapers all over the world) and finally solve some of Italy's age-old evils (carrying out structural reforms etc. …and I do not think the Lega is interested in Italy's economical decline).

    So, will he then do it? Will he care about having history books praise him? I do not know. I do not really know.

    Certainly a good dialogue with the opposition cannot but be crucial.