“Here is a chronic problem …”. The ministers in revolt against Conte


Postponed meetings, nocturnal summits, nights that never pass, exhausted ministers, others in constant delay: in these very delicate weeks for the future of Italy in Chigi Palace everything is happening that shouldn’t happen. Even the prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, sometimes it makes everyone wait and sometimes it has to endure unnerving waiting. What is happening at the heart of the Italian political system? We are faced with a real organizational short circuit. The examples confirming this thesis are not lacking at all and are visible to anyone.


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Organizational short circuitThe times of the appointments fixed on the agenda are almost never respected. Meetings that should start at 9pm start around 11pm and then end late at night or even at the first lights of thealba. In such a climate, the organization of Palazzo Chigi would have begun to remain indigestible for many representatives of the institutions, including Teresa Bellanova.

As Il Corriere della Sera pointed out, the minister of agricultural policies would have pointed out that it is not possible to continue to go forward in this way. Many of his colleagues, exhausted by such tour de force, seem to have supported the problem posed by Bellanova. Also why participate in such important discussions – such as the one on the budget maneuver or on anti Covid measures – a unrealistic times it risks being counterproductive as well as tiring for those directly involved.

Then there are those who have pointed out how such a trend has almost become a distinctive feature of the Giallorossi government. In spite of the communicative clarity, the decision-making process and the understanding of citizens. Not surprisingly, Italians struggle to understand the executive’s moves when instead they should be informed in a clear and timely manner about any relevant information.

Too many actors to consultIn addition to the unacceptable times, another critical issue emerged. It’s about the excessive number of actors to consult. From the technical-scientific committee to the regions, passing through the municipalities and the heads of delegations, there are too many direct threads to keep active. The ministerial offices do what they can, but it is not easy to find out late at night, even more so considering the rules on smart working.

According to some rumors, the complaints they would be quite numerous. Yet Palazzo Chigi replies that it is not possible to do otherwise, that there are numerous agendas to fit together as well as the actors to consult. A minister – the name is not known – would have explicitly spoken of an “almost chronic problem of organization”.

Not only that: the minister cited highlighted how decisions are often taken “at two or three in the morning”, after “hours of exhausting discussions“, and often with scientists” who tell the government what to do about Covid, ignoring a role that should only be consultative, and a primacy of policy choices that seems to be fading.


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