Sometimes one wonders why the controversy among the political forces on the green pass continues to rage, since you really have to put your head in the sand like ostriches to not realize how the numbers show that the only tool to face the pandemic is the vaccine (unless someone really thinks of fighting the virus with anti-parasitics, like the Northern League senator Roberta Ferrero). Even fewer reasons are at the basis of the dispute that the secretary of the Democratic Party Enrico Letta continues to raise every day on measures such as the Zan bill or the “ius soli”: it is not for nothing that the former leader of the Ulivo Romano Prodi himself pulled the ears, calling him to address “more social” issues.
Beyond the legitimacy of these arguments, which no one doubts, these issues demonstrate how the political debate is far from the question, in some aspects dramatic, that will characterize our time from now on: how the world has changed with Covid? Unfortunately, politics on this issue is voiceless: it prefers to lull itself into ideological clashes on issues that are beyond its competence, such as vaccines, therapies, fielding a host of improvised virologists; or bring up topics that were held before Covid (precisely ddl Zan or ius soli). On the other hand, he pays no attention to the consequences, to the profound changes, to the metamorphoses that the virus has caused and will cause in society.
For example, Istat yesterday recorded an increase of 338 thousand employees in the last quarter (up 1.5% compared to the previous quarter), two thirds of which, however, are fixed-term contracts: this means that the atmosphere of insecurity caused by the Covid probably gave the last mortal blow to the dream of all Italians, that is, the permanent job. Again: yesterday Minister Cingolani announced that electricity bills will increase by 40% (already between July and September the light had increased by 20%), a way of reminding those who have sufficiently dismissed his proposals on “clean” nuclear power. cost of energy in the post-Covid world. Moreover, the “economic collapse” caused by the pandemic has caused the cost of raw materials to skyrocket: oil has gone from $ 37 a barrel a year ago to $ 70 today; aluminum today is quoted at $ 2,995 per ton, compared to $ 1,477 a year ago. Another example concerns the difficulties that the virus has unloaded on the traffic of goods: renting a medium-large container ship today costs 200 thousand dollars a day, in three months you will cover the purchase of 68 Ferraris.
These mechanisms will restart inflation, which will affect the purchasing power of wages and without adequate policies will create areas of new poverty. The world of work and energy policies will change, whether you want it or not, elements that will have an impact on social mechanisms and customs. In the meantime, however, politics is babbling, looking at a future unknown to her with the eyes of the past: she does not know the variants – after all, it is not her business – but not even the metamorphoses that the virus can cause in society.