There will be general election in my country, we will vote on sunday, February 24th and monday, February 25th. Before that we’re knee deep in the worst political campaign ever since 1948.
The main factor is not the economy, nor the italian role in Europe. No, it’s not about the rise of the unenployed number. No, everything is about promises. Dreams selled to the audience, cheaper than candies. Old timers like Silvio Berlusconi and newcomers like Beppe Grillo got the center of the political ring and every single day they rise the stakes about what will happen the magical first day after the elections.
Believe me, it’s like to see an old movie. A really bad one. Since 1993 political campaigns here in Italy are like that. Now, in the aftermath of the worst economic crisis ever, almost everybody can see that there’s nothing real in these “dreams”. While the fat cats are on TV we’re dealing with a world that changes at high speed.
4 thoughts on “Italian populism – between dreams and reality”
We used to live in the “bel paese”, now it seems more like a “paese dei balocchi”…
Ah, the old legend of “bel paese”! It makes me smile all the times. IMHO there was a lot of populism too in these years, hidden behind the ideologies and masked by a better economy.
I’m looking forward to see the end of this bad movie, and I’m not speaking about the Election Day. Election Day could be just the beginning (damn!).
By the way, I don’t believe Berlusconi will win, but I believe he will get enough votes to create lots of problems.
The worst case scenario is a bloody draw at Senate, with the result of a stalled government and new turn of general elections after a few months. Time will tell, I still think that it’s possible to win enough consensus in Lombardia and in Sicily to avoid this scenario.