The opinion of the editorialist Giuliano Cazzola
A country in which a declaration by a certain Alessandro Di Battista (Dibba for friends) triggers a nervous breakdown in the political context and elevates to the rank of statesman a comedian like Beppe Grillo, the only one who has treated him, cannot have any prospect as he deserves, giving him a sound “ in a doghouse! ''.
At least one thing barking at the moon in Dibba was useful: for one day there was no mention of the general states of the economy, which from the beginning proved to be generous, a premature initiative. It is no coincidence that the authoritative exponents of the European institutions, who have had the courtesy to carry out an intervention "remotely", invited the Italian government to move from words to deeds, because there is nothing interesting in spending days discussing securities (such as: tax reform, innovation, green economy, simplification, new development model, etc.).
As a "great old man" of the First Republic (Rino Formica) pointed out in a recent interview, "thinking" or a strategy that is not improvised and cannot be rebuilt in a short time by extracting it is indispensable for politics. , like Athena, by the aching head of Zeus.
It is not to waste time or to save that the package of resources (2.4 trillion) that the EU is preparing is articulated in a temporal perspective that reaches 2027. All countries (including Italy with the commitment of 75 billion) have prepared short-term plans aimed at supporting families, businesses and services in order to ensure that liquidity that is needed to survive and start again, after the shock of the lockdown.
It is good that these cyclical resources arrive at their destination as soon as possible, overcoming the obstacles that still stand in the way. But the change will depend not only on objectives but on common projects at European level. Anyone who claims to collect the 171 billion promised to Italy within a few weeks (as long as Matteo Salvini's European friends cannot prevent it) is a provocateur or a deranged one; because if this happened we would not know where to allocate them and how to spend them, except to transform ourselves into a people of retained people (which is a real vocation).
In recent weeks I went to re-read the documentation regarding the Marshall plan of 1947. Apart from food aid, a total of 13 billion dollars – a huge figure for those times – were expected over a five-year period. Harry Truman's Secretary of State's plan also addressed the USSR and the European countries of that area of influence (at that time the communist parties had not yet taken power and formed popular democracies).
This sparked a debate also in that world, closed by Stalin's niet, dictated by political reasons, to which both the Eastern European governments and the communist parties of the western countries (the PCI and the PCF) followed. The beauty that both Togliatti and Thorez then used the same arguments (the defense of national sovereignty and subordination to the US) that today fill the mouths of Salvini and Meloni.
But returning to the Plan, it did not just provide resources but also oriented the markets for the reconversion and reconstruction of industrial equipment towards new production objectives: durable consumer goods starting from the car to the so-called white household appliances. Which obviously required investments in infrastructure (highways) and in basic industry (iron and steel, energy and petrochemistry).
The economic miracle (despite all its imbalances: internal immigration, North-South dualism, etc.) was based on these choices. And the Italian economy was pulling exports (the characteristic that has distinguished it in all these decades). But the development of Italy (to which urban construction made a great contribution) was in harmony with a market that shared the same orientations in terms of demand.
This time, as Mario Monti said, Europe the Marshall Plan must do it alone. And Italy must take part in it. This is why the States-General risk being of no use, of being a wasted opportunity. Not because the opposition does not participate (which has nothing to say), but because the initiative resembles a hotel where one finds only what he brings. And the government is unable to bring you a political "thought" because it does not.
Today is the day dedicated to Vittorio Calao, to the presentation of the Plan prepared by the Task Force coordinated by him and to the participation of economic and social forces. It could be an opportunity to make this initiative useful. The Plan is not lost in strategic, palingenetic visions.
It limits itself to making many concrete proposals, shareable or not, which could find, if shared, space in the conversion of the relaunch decree in Parliament. If this were not the case (and it will not be) we would witness a minor occasion within a maior, both lost.
This is a machine translation from Italian language of a post published on Start Magazine at the URL https://www.startmag.it/mondo/vi-racconto-la-giostra-politica-italiana-fra-di-battista-grillo-conte-e-colao/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=vi-racconto-la-giostra-politica-italiana-fra-di-battista-grillo-conte-e-colao on Mon, 15 Jun 2020 05:28:05 +0000.