Luca Morisi, the creator of the Salvini character and his social explosion in recent years, has taken a step back for family reasons (no one has kicked him out), but the “Beast” is still there. The Salvinian consensus machine is active even without its creator, “it works on autopilot” say League sources, also because all the staff who worked on the Lega’s social communication with Morisi remained in place and no substitution or entry is in place. sight (another sign that there has been no purge). It is true, however, that the old League’s guard, the one who lived without enthusiasm the scrapping of the old Northern League and its replacement with the new Nationalist League, certainly did not tear up his clothes for the exit of Salvini’s guru, identified as the ghost writer of that populist, nationalist and anti-EU phase. Very different from the one in which the League finds itself now, in government with Mario Draghi, with Italy in strict dependence on EU funds.
In fact, Morisi, even before leaving, had disappeared a little from the spotlight. The no-vax temptations of the League have nothing to do with it, because the guru is a pro-vax (vaccinated). Instead, there is a change of register for the League’s communication, and in particular of Salvini, compared to the past. A change that is, they always say from the Lega, “child of the situation, we are in government, Salvini is already arguing with Lamorgese, with Letta”, more than that, he should be in opposition to feed the Beast as he did in others moments. In addition, the political climate has also changed, after a year and a half of Covid. The screamed battles work less, the crusades against Europe sound out of tune in times of the PNRR, even the Northern League base (still concentrated in the north most affected by the pandemic) needs normality. It is no coincidence that the figure that is emerging, even in the popularity rankings among ministers, is that of Giancarlo Giorgetti, the antidivo par excellence, the moderate friend of Draghi, the adviser who has always been behind the scenes. And in a confidential poll of the League, revealed by the Giornale, the preferred leaguers are the governors Zaia and Fedriga, then again Giorgetti, the “Captain” (nickname between football and the military invented by Morisi) is only fourth, eight points below . Therefore the voices of a leadership in crisis, plans to change secretary, chase each other. «I next secretary of the League? It annoys me to deny such madness. There are many before me, but I think he is a good secretary of the League. I will support him and he will have my humble help »says Fedriga to A Day as a Sheep.
The transition from the populist to the draghian League is felt, the Beast has tamed itself. But Salvini remains fighting and governing, sometimes slipping (as in the pirouettes on the green pass), sometimes displacing his own. As is happening in Veneto, where he opened a direct line with Flavio Tosi, kicked out (by him) in 2015. There is in fact insistent talk of a return of Flavio Tosi to the League, or at least of an alliance to the next municipalities of Verona (2022 ) between Salvini and the former mayor. The two heard, and the other day, when asked explicitly about Tosi’s rapprochement, Salvini replied “I don’t rule out anything, my phone is always on”. A hypothesis that Luca Zaia does not like at all, and consequently at the top of the Venetian League.