Salvini closes the era of sweatshirts. “Go to the congresses, new managers”

Salvini closes the era of sweatshirts. “Go to the congresses, new managers”
Salvini closes the era of sweatshirts. “Go to the congresses, new managers”

The ballots confirm the negative moment of the League. The defeats that burn the most are those of Varese, the cradle of the Northern League, and Turin, on which Salvini was aiming a lot to snatch at least one big city from the center-left. Then, as a test for the consolidation of the League in Centrosud, also Caserta, where the candidate for mayor of the center-right was the “southern” Northern Leagueist Giampiero Zinzi, and then Latina, fiefdom of Claudio Durigon, very loyal to the federal secretary and his lieutenant in Lazio. All squares where Salvini spent a lot, going to rallies even several times, but all ended with a knockout. In the words of the Northern League secretary there is no trace of defeat, indeed to hear the Captain it seems almost a victory: «If mathematics is not an opinion we have more mayors than before. The center-right passes from 8 to 10 mayors in the cities in the ballot. In Lombardy we went from 8 to 2 to 5 to 5 if we had to make a football summary ».

To the balance he adds a regret: “Obviously we would have preferred to win in Rome rather than lose in Rome”. A reference that sounds like a dig at Meloni, Michetti’s sponsor. Also for the defeat in Savona, “Lega sources” attribute the blame to “Toti’s excessive protagonism”. The secretary’s other criticism is the coalition (read: the allies) for the delay in the choice of names: “This is why I have already asked the entire center-right to present the names of the candidates for mayors (of 2022, ed) by the end of ‘Autumn”. But net of the inevitable blame game after a defeat, there is the feeling that something in the relationship between Salvini and his people has broken. The idea is strengthened that a re-foundation of the League is needed, a phase 2 after the season of sweatshirts. For this Salvini announces a renewal of all the “citizen secretaries of the League throughout Italy”, through the congresses. And it launches a «campaign to listen to the real country», «a close confrontation with productive and social categories, local administrators, families and businesses. From North to South. Objective: to rewrite the agenda of priorities after the Covid crisis and to better interpret Italy’s desire for recovery and relaunch ». Or also: to regain the pulse of the electorate, which otherwise risks evaporating. Especially that of the productive classes of the north. Changing managers, and candidates. “It is no longer the season of improvised in politics, today people are asking to solve problems instead of slogans, people who have a path in the administration are candidates” says Matteo Bianchi, a loyalist of Giorgetti.

Deputy Dario Galli, former deputy minister of Mise, observes frankly: “In the League we need reflection, we need to understand how to recover our usual electorate, it is not normal to reach these percentages of abstention.” For the anti-government wing, the simple explanation is to be in the majority of Draghi which penalizes the League. This is the thesis of the no-pass economist Claudio Borghi: “The League lacked the revolutionary position, the presence in the government with the Democratic Party has demotivated”.

In the meantime, Salvini goes on his way, on the barricades against Lamorgese (“Use fire hydrants against workers and white gloves with criminals”) and pensions (“woe to anyone who thinks of returning to the Fornero Law”). But if Athens cries, Sparta does not laugh. Even the Northern League governist wing came out badly from the elections. Not only Varese and Turin (even under the Mole the candidate had the imprimatur of the League minister), but even in the Veneto of Zaia the blows arrive, in Este and Conegliano the League loses both ballots. Alarm bells even in a stronghold like the Veneto. Salvini, however, looks ahead: “The zero point plus or minus at the moment does not worry me, our goal is to win the political elections in a year”. But all the rush to go to early voting seems to be gone.

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