Grillo’s success and failure of Monti and the peninsula’s two main parties is a sign of a growing European revolt that has finally started in Italy too, says Giorgio Cremaschi
The markets have reacted badly. It was obvious, banking and finance wanted the victory
of the Democrats, working with Monti. Moreover, if elections had delivered victory to Monti, for the markets that would have been ideal, but they were willing to settle for less.
But no, the Italian people did not vote as it was supposed to, with a sense of responsibility and in support of business. Austerity policies, this was quickly grasped abroad, have been rejected.
How can one not fee satisfaction with such a political upheaval?
Six hundred thousand redundancies in nine months, the worst mass impoverishment since the war, all forecasts pessimistic about the future, and Italians we supposed to be captivated by the theatre of Bersani, Berlusconi and Monti?
The powers that be, and the pollsters too, had the illusion that this would be the outcome. In the end of the brutal pension and labour counter reforms, and cuts to schools and hospitals were introduced without the social upheaval that we have seen grow in Greece, Spain and Portugal.
CGIL, CISL and UIL trade union confederations either approved or put up with it, and their leaders were equally distributed between support for the center to center-left. Even the scandalous robbery carried out by the political class seemed to arouse more resentment that protest.
It was possible to believe the regime’s representation of an Italian people who were passive and basically willing to vote according to the instructions of the same European Troika, acting as dictator with Greece.
But in the end this was the minority. The fact is Berlusconi and Bersani, who now still pretend to have won something, achieved the worst result in the history of their coalitions, which now each represent a little over a quarter of the votes cast. Monti, who appeared jubilent, entered the lower house of parliament by the skin of his teeth. Why are all these people, who have ruled alternately in the last twenty years and together in the last thirteen months, now an electoral minority?
Severely defeated with them was the President of the Republic, who is now being
subjected to thee harsh law of retaliation. After imposing governance at all costs in the
name of the government bond spreads, he is now having to administer the most ungovernable of electoral responses, while the spread widens again.
We are in the midst of a systemic crisis that the old policies and old alliances will only deepen. It has to be hoped that the Five Star Movement is aware that its success is not a definite choice nor a proxy, but it is the signal of revolt that is growing across Europe and has finally started in Italy too.
We are only at the beginning of a long and painful process, from which we will only exit
positively with the pursuit of social equality and the toppling of austerity, with the public instead of the markets, and direct democracy to control state power. And this can only be done by blasting away the schemes of an Italy and Europe at the service of the banks. We are facing a systemic crisis that can only be resolved only by changing the system.
26 February 2013
Translation by Revolting Europe