That there were so many misunderstandings between Matteo Salvini and Giancarlo Giorgetti – and in some cases irreconcilable – is certainly no mystery. They know something about it at the Ministry of Economic Development, where a few months ago a rather heated quarrel reverberated up in the corridors of the offices of direct collaboration with the minister. Yesterday, however, the clash took a decisive step forward, with Giorgetti putting down his many doubts about the leader’s line in a long interview with La Stampa. Most of those arguments the number two of the League had already done dozens of times in private, so much so that in the rooms that count in Palazzo Chigi many have not played new ones. But since form is substance and the timing of things in politics is often decisive, a prudent like Giorgetti has now decided to drop such a bomb on Salvini is hardly the result of chance. The j’accuse, in fact, arrives at one of the leader’s most difficult moments, grappling with the Morisi affair on the one hand and with an administrative session that will certify a decisive retreat of the Carroccio, with the attached risk of overtaking by Giorgia Melons. Thus, on the day in which Salvini is expected at the Niguarda in Milan for the closing of the electoral campaign, Giorgetti formalizes the sidereal distance that separates him from the leader: Michetti’s candidacy in Rome is wrong, while Bernardo in Milan risks not getting to the ballot . And, he is keen to clarify, “I didn’t choose the candidates because I am a minister and I take care of other things”. A clear distancing, in short, from what is an announced defeat. But the real thrust to Salvini arrives on the Quirinale. A game that “to tell the truth I would still have Umberto Bossi manage” since “99% of what I know I have learned from him”. For those who know a little about the internal balances of the Carroccio and how complicated the relationship between the Senatùr and Salvini has been in recent years – just think that one of the diktats of Morisi’s communication was to “not name Bossi” – a real affront. And it is on the Colle game that Giorgetti insists. He says that in his opinion Silvio Berlusconi has “few” chances and that Salvini is relaunching his candidacy only to “avoid talking about other serious things”. At the Quirinale he hopes for Draghi, but only because the parties will not leave him at Palazzo Chigi until 2023 (“I – he explains – I would like him to remain there all my life”). And he discovers Salvini’s cards, adding that neither he nor Meloni would vote for a Mattarella bis. In this scenario, therefore, it is better to bet on Draghi. Even if without him in Palazzo Chigi the money coming from Europe is destined to go to a bad end. “They will throw them away. Or they won’t know how to spend it, ”Giorgetti says, being careful to use“ theirs ”, as if to imply that his tenure in government is closely linked to Draghi. On the other hand, that the head of the Northern League delegation is one of the very few ministers that the premier listens to is no mystery. So much so that at Palazzo Chigi there are those who are convinced that Giorgetti’s exit has somehow been agreed with the former ECB, a sort of survey on a possible candidacy of Draghi at the Colle if the via del Mattarella bis turns out to be impractical.
The slow strategy to wear down Salvini, therefore, has changed pace since yesterday. On the other hand, what Giorgetti said is widely shared by the entire chain of Northern League governors, from Luca Zaia to Attilio Fontana up to Massimiliano Fedriga. Indeed, in his interactions with Palazzo Chigi as president of the Conference of the Regions he is perhaps one of the most critical. All discontent that will find vent from Monday evening, when the collapse of the support of the League – especially in the South – will put Salvini even more in the corner. To whom greater involvement of the party will be asked both in the decisions on the political line and in the match for the Colle. The leader knows well that the encirclement has begun and it is also for this reason that he is careful not to reply to a Giorgetti whom he now considers as a “hostile” element.