The recent elections in Italy are, without doubt, a ‘turn-up for the book’; and who foresaw that coming?
One of the first points I noticed is the general media labeling 5*Movement as maverick, populist and far-right, no doubt purely because they challenge the status-quo of political mediocrity which encapsulates the idea it is possible to be all things to all men.
As with every decision by the electorate, wherein no party gains a majority, we now have a ‘bun-fight’ among Italian political leaders in their attempts to gain power.
The ‘coalition’, formed of far-right groups and Silvio Berlusconi’s centre-right Forza Italia party, took 37 percent of the vote, the leading bloc in the poll. As part of that coalition, the anti-immigrant League party headed by Matteo Salvini emerged as the strongest movement, taking almost 18 percent of the vote compared to Berlusconi’s 14 percent. As a result, Salvini has staked his claim for power, stating that it had the “right and the duty” to govern based on the fact the leading party in the coalition should nominate the future premier, whilst ruling out the prospect of forming a coalition with the M5S, stating: “N.O. No, underlined three times.
Five Star Movement (M5S) was the night’s success story, sweeping Italy’s south to become the single leading party in terms of votes. Founded in 2009, the anti-establishment party has experienced a meteoric rise to prominence, riding on a wave of anger and frustration against Italy’s traditional parties (now consider what Ukip and THA might have achieved had they had someone with a brain as leader – but perhaps I digress?).
There is something wrong with a system of democracy which is unable to differentiate twixt percentage of votes cast and the number of seats obtained. There is something wrong with a system of democracy which can leave a nation without government, due to a flawed system of democracy, while the leaders of political parties vie for power.
It should be recalled that after a stalemate following Italy’s last election in 2013, it took more than two months to form a government and in the last elections in Germany it took five months for a government to be formed. Is this how an electorate of any nation, embroiled in representative democracy, should find itself?
Unfortunately for both electorates (UK & Italy), because they have become conditioned to the ‘status-quo’ (ie, representative democracy) and are thus unable to think ‘outside the box’), know no better. Again, unfortunately for each electorate, no political party that is able to secure ‘absolute power’ twixt elections and thus rule as ‘democratised dictators’ is unlikely to point out to their ‘food-source’ that a fairer method of democracy exists. In that regard the United Kingdom and Italy have something in common: democracy has been ‘hijacked by an ‘all-knowing’ political elite; and they are not alone.
The electorate should be reminded that come an election – be that national or local – political parties produce a ‘manifesto’. These ‘manifestos’ are so loosely worded as to be meaningless and where specific promises may be made and are not enacted, there is no recourse for any member of the electorate in a court of law. This begs the question: what is the point of a manifesto? We may just as well be presented with a sheet of paper emblazoned with the words: Vote for me.
While the electorate are content to take no interest in that which is happening in their country as a result of having been brainwashed by politicians and those in ‘civil society’ to the extent that they should not ‘worry their pretty little heads as they will be taken care of’; then they will continue to be treated as sheep and corralled as such by the ‘collies’ from our political class and civil society.
What this nation is crying out for is a ‘Babe’ who, password or no password, can talk to the sheep and make them see sense – with the help of ‘Rex’, whether that is constitutionally allowed or not.