Who should postpone the vote for the Municipality?

twelve o’clock, February 21, 2021 – 11:41 am

of Mario Rusciano

If the municipal vote was really postponed to autumn, who could benefit from it? These days the Corriere del Mezzogiorno rightly dedicates a lot of space to the joust of candidacies for Mayor of Naples. First of all with the speeches of the Director of Errico and then with articles and interviews of illustrious characters (from Francesco Barbagallo and Paolo Macry, from Biagio de Giovanni to Eugenio Mazzarella, from Procolo Mirabella to Mauro Calise). Everyone’s overall tone of concern and skepticism, sometimes of discouragement on the political landscape of the city. How to blame them? At this point for the voting date it is important, indeed a big preliminary problem, which could actually change the cards on the table. On the one hand, it could wake sleepers or make sleepers sleepless or feed forbidden dreams. On the other hand, however, it could allow us to sort out the general confusion, increasing day by day due to the many contradictions and divisions left and right: both in civic aggregations and in historical parties. One thing is certain: the postponement itself does not benefit the city immediately. After a decade of bad administration, as if that weren’t enough, nowadays not only the pandemic (which is getting worse) but also the sort of “8 September” of those who still govern the city is added. The Mayor, although he does not admit it, flees to Calabria for another “armed trial” (Tot would say). Even the pseudo-politicians who saved him by pretending to be the majority to avoid the Commissioner, who perhaps would have improved at least the ordinary administration, are running away.

Going forward, however, the postponement could be an advantage. In fact, the idea that in the end it will be the ballot that will dispel the confusion and clarify the political framework by forcing us to overcome divisions is not at all convincing. Just remember that five years ago De Magistris won the ballot with many abstentions. A minority of voters voted for it and the result under our eyes: De Magistris wanted to “break in” and, keeping his promise (this s), he “broke” the cohesion of citizens. Therefore, the postponement to autumn is useful to give the necessary time to rethink alliances, to put aside personalities and to recompose incredible divisions. The postponement then useful to all candidates. Less for those made official, more for the “unborn” or (perhaps) the “conceived”. The official ones, if nothing else, have more time for the electoral campaign. Let’s take the case of Alessandra Clemente, the first official candidate: she can campaign (as she has been doing for some time) even as a “de facto” Mayor. It is in fact probable that De Magistris, even if he is in Naples, is with his head in Calabria; and of the deputy mayor, at least so far, little or nothing is known because the mayor is always in office. De Magistris himself benefits from the postponement: he campaigns in Calabria as Mayor of Naples and here he cultivates the land of “his” candidate. Then there is another official candidate, Sergio Rastrelli of Fratelli d’Italia, for whom a few more months of electoral campaign can help him make himself known more by the people and is convenient for him. The last official candidate Antonio Bassolino, who certainly does not need to be known.

But, while not starting from scratch, it still needs time to consolidate its civic formation which must compete with the Democratic Party, whose candidate it is not yet known if he was “conceived”. Competition which is extremely harmful for a center-left that is already quite crowded – there is Alessandra Clemente; there is a personality like Sergio D’Angelo; perhaps a candidate chosen by De Luca arrives – and moreover on the dangerous path of a double meaningless clash: of gender and generations. It is possible that the competitors do not realize that to “save Naples” – as everyone says they want to do – it is necessary to combine the political-administrative experience of “elderly” (of both sexes) and the operational energy of “young” ( always of both sexes)? On the right, the competition, at least so far, appears less severe. Various names are circulating but in essence the official candidate of the Brothers of Italy Rastrelli and the “unborn” candidate Catello Maresca must see it. Of which we have been talking for a long time without having dissolved the reservation for the interested party: undecided between accepting the explicit support of Lega and Forza Italia, with their respective party symbols, and constituting yet another civic group (right , it’s supposed). Maresca also takes advantage of the postponement: if only because he can continue to act at the same time, in Naples, the candidate for mayor and the Deputy Attorney General, that is, not a “dark” magistrate. The obvious conflict of interests, but “legitimate” on the legal-bureaucratic level, at least on the ethical level and is not beneficial to politics or the judiciary. Is it conceivable that two or three months after the elections, intricate knots will magically unravel and even more or less fratricidal struggles are overcome? It is unlikely but, as we know, everything is possible in politics. A doubt remains: will Naples be saved?

21 February 2021 | 11:41


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