“Would you grant me an interview?”. “No. Then you make me argue with Rocco for two days. Look, now, nobody talks to you ”. This is the sad short story of a reporter trying to get news from M5S MPs.
Obviously you are talking about Rocco Casalino, the former super spokesman of Giuseppe Conte who, once the experience at Palazzo Chigi ended, returned to Montecitorio in the role of coaching-TV. “He basically monitors everything: agencies, interviews and outings of all kinds”, explains an authoritative source inside the M5S who adds: “Now nobody talks anymore and only those who decide Rocco go to television”. The goal is always the same: to safeguard the Volturara Apulla lawyer from any kind of internal dissent. “Rocco absolutely wants there to be only one voice and, therefore, he must speak only Giuseppe Conte”, Tell us, rigorously with notebooks closed, the few Cinquestelle who find the courage to tell the climate of terror that winds inside the Movement since Casalino resumed dictating the law on communication. “Casalino literally goes crazy when Conte says something and any parliamentarian says the opposite. He absolutely wants to avoid anyone contradicting him ”, the grillini confess.
The ministers, of course, speak freely, but the parliamentary group “is totally kennel”, they confide in us talking about the existence of a real “psychological subjection” which also suffer from the internal chats of the M5S. “Since Casalino is the closest person to Conte, everyone gets angry and the result is that no one talks. There is total silence, unless something comes out of the communication ”, reiterates our source. The fear that some colleague, to make himself beautiful in front of the new leader (Conte), spy and send his right-hand man (Casalino) the critical screenshots, is really great. “Nobody knows Conte well and everyone is subjected to him because they are afraid of not being re-nominated”, explains the deafening silence that, for days, has prevailed in the chats of pentastellati. The truth – some parliamentarians admit – is that, with the reduction of parliamentarians and the halving of the consensus of the Movements, now there is a lick of c … continue to Conte. Everyone is busy making themselves beautiful in front of him and no one wants to antagonize him ”.
Meanwhile, yesterday, Virginia Raggi, Roberto Fico and Luigi Di Maio were elected members of the guarantee committee which, in fact, serves as a counterweight to the party president, Conte. Any decision must be made by mutual agreement between the chairman and the guarantee committee. “And, if there is no agreement, mediation is necessary, as surely will happen when the rules of candidacy have to be written”, our sources explain. In this case, both Fico and Di Maio and Raggi (who is in mandate zero) have every interest in waiving the third mandate. “The most pissed off, on the other hand, of course, are the first-term parliamentarians. It is clear that they feel anger to see that trio change the rules to their advantage, ”they explain. In all this situation, Di Maio is the protagonist again. “He is the real counterpart of Conte, given that Fico plays a role of guarantee and that the Rays will be resized after the almost certain defeat at Municipal in Rome”, Observe the well-informed. A defeat that might not displease the new leader of the M5S because a victory by Gualtieri would free the college of Rome1 where, eventually, he could be a candidate to finally enter Parliament. “It is the college of the radical-chic historic center, definitely much more congenial for him than the Primavalle ones. And, even if Conte now denies it, it would be difficult for him not to stand as a candidate given that, once Letta is elected in Siena, he would be the only leader outside the Palace ”, they explain. Anyway, any consideration of this kind hovers under the radar. Nobody wants or can disturb the leader. Casalino requires it.