04 October 2021
Virginia Raggi did not have an easy night before going to the polling station to vote. The fire that caused part of the Iron Bridge to collapse is, perhaps, the last hard test he had to face at the helm of the Capitol. Of course, she hopes that this is not the case, that she will be able to remain in command of the capital for another five years. The minimum result to take home is to reach the ballot. Because, if the second round were to miss, the repercussions would not only be at the local level. The head of the M5s, Giuseppe Conte, cannot afford for the outgoing mayor of Rome to arrive third, if not fourth, in the challenge against Michetti, Gualtieri and Calenda. In the unfortunate hypothesis that the Movement loses both Turin and Rome, the leadership of the former people’s advocate would already come out lame.
Not surprisingly, yesterday Conte blurted out against Meloni in defense of the mayor: «Dear Giorgia, even today you continued to make propaganda during the election silence, attacking Virginia Raggi for the fire that devastated the Iron bridge. Inspections and investigations are underway to establish the causes of the fire. We will know more, I imagine, when the Roman citizens have already voted ». The collapse of the Iron Bridge, however, has a meaning that goes beyond the fact itself. Because one of the most accredited hypotheses by those who investigate is that the fire was caused by a gas leak from an illegal settlement on the banks of the Tiber. The cause will have to be ascertained, as Conte rightly points out, but there is no doubt that that of makeshift camps is one of the major problems of the city.
It is not a plague born in the years of government of the Rays junta, but in the last five years very little has been done to find a solution. Just as there is still a long series of unresolved issues on the table: from waste disposal to wild boar caravans, from flambé buses to Gruyere roads. Today we will know what the Romans think about it.