There are three questions to which Giuseppe Conte did not respond during today’s press conference in which he explained the Dpcm launched yesterday: has there been, in these months of emergency, a “twist of democracy”? How to solve the overcrowding of public transport? Are the measures introduced yesterday a first step towards a new lockdown?
Faced with these questions, the Prime Minister acted as best he can: he prevaricated. He dusted off the language that is most dear to him – that of the “shuffles” – and said: “What does it mean twist of democracy? We have done everything that needs to be done compatibly with the Constitution to deal with a pandemic, we have a priority duty to protect the life and health of citizens as well as to prevent the economy from falling apart. Our measurements are in the sign ofadequacy and of proportionality“. But how can we speak of adequacy when, in the midst of an epidemic, the government filtered the previews of its decisions to more or less compliant media in order to test the mood of the Italians? How can we speak of adequacy when, in these months, did Conte govern to the sound of Dpcm? How can we talk about dialogue with the opposition and regions when, during a press conference, the prime minister mentioned the opposition – in particular the people of Matteo Salvini and Giorgia Meloni – only to attack it ?
How can we speak of proportionality when, to date, the only path followed by the government is that of prohibitions and closures? And we could go on for a long time, citing for example the vaccine chaos or the failure to implement – in seven months – a pandemic plan to manage the possible autumn emergency. Not a word about this. Only requests for new ones sacrifices.
But let’s move on. It is enough to work in a big city – or to attend social media at all – to see the images of hundreds of workers who, forced to take public transport, do not respect social distancing. And here we need a little digression, as the prime minister pointed out. It is no longer correct to say “social distancing” as it would be better to speak of “personal distancing” as the rules imposed by the government “have brought us closer and the community is now more cohesive”. A sentence from Baci Perugina aside, it is necessary to point out that the government, represented by the technicians it has chosen, has failed. Only a few days ago, in fact, Sergio Iavicoli of the CTS made it known that “there is no evidence of a correlation between public transport and coronavirus”. An at least reckless statement, which left many questions open, including: why the virus strikes at the bar – where distances are greater – and not on the subway. Well, this statement was denied by the words filtered by the CTS in the last few hours, which reiterated “the absolute necessity” of the investigations so that the rules and recommendations are respected “for the prevention of gatherings connected to the non-compliance with the filling limit of means of transport “.
And finally: should we prepare for a new lockdown? Conte says neither yes nor no. He only says that he wants to avoid this eventuality in every way. But it is unknown how the government intends to navigate in the coming months. Today’s data speak of 5,901 (with o112,544 swabs) in the last 24 hours, 41 deaths and 62 more people in intensive care. Numbers that, for now, do not cause concern but that require a structured and punctual plan to manage the emergency. Conte did not answer the three questions posed by the journalists. He only provided vague and smoky words. Moreover, the prime minister has not had good relations with the press for some time. We recall, by way of example, the answer – in this case there was – given to Francesca Nava, a journalist of FanPage, who asked him to account for the work of the government in Bergamo: “If you will have the responsibility of government tomorrow, will write the decrees “. And again, to cite a more recent fact, journalists were asked for a police accreditation to stop in front of Palazzo Chigi.
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– Tonight Italy (@StaseraItalia) October 12, 2020 It was January 31 when Conte, guest of Lilli Gruber, said in the face of the first cases of coronavirus: “We are very ready”. We have seen the fruits of that “we are very ready”: a blocked country and more than 35 thousand dead. Now the scenario risks repeating itself, even contradicting Marx who said that history repeats itself twice: the first in tragedy and the second in farce. Here the tragedy risks being double.