Electoral law, Follini: “Issue to be addressed now, oppositions strike”

Marco Follini’s point of view for Adnkronos

“It sounds particularly ungenerous to blame the opposition that it has lost. Yet it is a fact that the new government is having more difficulties internally than among its opponents. A sign that the forces of the center-left are proceeding in random order and without too bright ideas. on how to deal with the political phase opened by the September vote.

There are three oppositions on paper. The lines towards the government appear to be two. The nuances, a thousand. The solutions, none. There is a dialogue position (too much, it will be said) on the part of the third pole. A more uncompromising position (too much, too) than the 5-star movement. And in the middle of the strategic uncertainty of the Democratic Party which still seems stunned by the electoral overthrow of just a month ago.

Letta’s party (so to speak) has embarked on a congressional journey destined to keep us company for a few months. About six, according to the calendar. A period in which a secretary should be chosen and first of all a line. But that closely resembles the parallel action described by Musil in ‘The Man Without Qualities’. A sort of ironic celebration of the emptiness of the Hapsburg empire now nearing its fatal conclusion. Almost as if time, only time, and perhaps a long time, could propitiate the return to the glories of the past.

So, in the meantime, the government is sleeping soundly. Apart from the nightmares induced from time to time by certain lifts of ingenuity of Berlusconi and / or Salvini. However, apparently destined for very modest and not so glorious fortunes.

This scenario does not seem at all favorable to the opposition. Which cannot get along with each other, if they don’t agree. Nor to engage in a daily scuffle that would only serve to tone a majority already comforted by their success. Nor should they trust that the difficulties that occasionally appear on the other side will pave the way for them to escape from their own crisis.

It is then a question of changing the score. And to understand if there is something – apart from the difficulty of the times – that can allow the half court facing the Meloni government not to accumulate, one grain after another, the dust of uselessness on their shoulders.

That something wouldn’t be so impossible to find. In fact, there is a point, perhaps only one, but in its own strategic way, on which the opposition could strike a blow. And also, perhaps, to find a common reason and make sense of their disagreements. That point is the electoral law. Argument that a widespread rudeness has always suggested addressing towards the end of the legislature. And that instead should be taken head on at the beginning, when the advantages that can derive from it to both are not yet clear.

So today would be the right time to try to reconstruct that proportional system that everyone in turn claims when it is too early, or too late, to put things in black and white. It had already been talked about extensively in the middle of the last term, and then we saw how (not) it ended. And even earlier, in a riot of good intentions sadly left on paper.

The return of the proportional system would primarily serve the country, allowing to reduce the representation gap that the reduction in the number of parliamentarians has highlighted (and dramatized). It would perhaps make political conflicts a tad less bitter. It would help rebuild parties whose trace has been lost – but not the democratic necessity. In short, it would be a step in the right direction, for everyone.

But to the opposition – or rather: to the oppositions – a proportional law would also be of advantage to avoid that ‘chicken of Renzo’ effect that has been seen in these first days of the legislature. At that point the center-left parties could compete with each other with greater clarity and less bitterness, each of them trying to broaden their sphere of consensus without being forced into unnatural alliances.

It will be said that at this moment the majority are cultivating the opposite interest. Likely, and even obvious. But starting a path never means having already crossed a finish line. While lingering too long means the certainty that that goal will never be crossed. As has happened on time many times “. (By Marco Follini)