Fermare Il Declino and Italia Futura were on the verge of joining their fates. Sharing their principal goals, some points of the programs, even some of the signatories of the platforms. Unexpectedly yesterday evening, the day when the vows between Giannino and Montezemolo’s movements should have led them to the altar, their roads parted.
Italia Futura published a manifest “Towards the Third Republic”, and asked the signature to FID’s promoters: a declaration that doesn’t go beyond a sterile summoning to cohesion, that doesn’t finally severes with the recent political past, that nothing tells about how they think to get out of the stagnation and moral decay.
The Manifest, in the intention of FID’s promoters should have been integrated with 6 further essential points: public spending cut, open and transparent selection of political leaders, solution of the conflict of interests, liberalizations and reduction of public debt through the sale of public buildings and companies.
Six essential points of common sense, without which the political action of a new party proposing itself as a guidance to the country lacks of any discontinuity with the past. Unless something new and unexpected will happen in the next few days, the roads will part.
Italia Futura, orphaned of his founder, committed to other activities, counts 62,000 subscriptions 2 years after its birth. It surely has a very good marketing machine, and valid people as Nicola Rossi and Andrea Romano.
Fermare Il Declino, which collected 32,000 subscriptions in 3 months, gets its strength on the enthusiasm of a base that firmly want a political proposal that differs from what the Italian panorama currently offers.
Oscar Giannino is its leader, capable of setting on fire the large crowd gathered in San Fedele square in Milan, just few days ago.
If the positions will crystalize this way, IF will represent a lighter and more edible version of the old system of parties that watched helplessly the decline of national economy.
The incipit of the manifest is a benevolent recall, almost hagiographic, to Monti’s agenda
It reads: “To exit the Italian crisis it’s urgent to open a season of reforms with democratic, popular and liberal inspiration, bound by the vote of millions of Italians, in continuity with the actions of Mario Monti’s government, which cooled down the intolerable climate of conflict of Italian politics, and re-establish Italy’s international prestige and credibility.
Paradoxically, no longer than 24 hours earlier the IMF stated a new record for Italian public debt, rose up til 126.1%
Paradoxically, considering the new found international credibility and a reform of pensions necessary, but full of dramatic mistakes for the weaker working classes, the result of the government in charge is a complete failure under any socio-economic point of view.
And it’s as paradoxical that in a declaration of intents as the manifest, nothing’s been mentioned about the urgency of public spending cuts to achieve an equally drastic and significant reduction of taxes weighing on incomes and companies.
A movie already performed by whom, 19 years ago, promised a liberal revolution.
Drawing back from the viscous and ambiguous IF’s manifest, FID’s promoters made a brave choice.
They show that what pushed a respected pundit and two professors, previously migrated towards more meritocratic countries, is the sincere wish to serve the country to promote the necessary change.
Translation by Giuseppe Jordan Tagliabue
Original article from L’Indipendenza