The keywords of Stefano Bonaccini, Elly Schlein, Paola De Micheli and Gianni Cuperlo
The Congress officially opens with today’s assembly of the Democratic Party and it was an opportunity for the ‘debut’ in front of the dem parliamentarian of the 4 candidates for the secretariat: Stefano Bonaccini, Elly Schlein, Paola De Micheli and Gianni Cuperlo. “You have all been convincing, I’m having a hard time choosing who to vote for among the four of you“, comments ‘ecumenical’ Enrico Letta. Therefore, Bonaccini’s culture of government alternates on stage, moving from secretary to pectore, and on the minimum wage and then on Covid management, he tried to summarize by launching a ‘bridge’ towards Andrea Orlando and Roberto Speranza, supporters of the competitor Schlein. And then the young dem deputy who gives a push to the left to the Democratic Party on the environment, work, women, rights. Cuperlo asks to “rediscover the power of a thought on the time that has happened to us to live”. And finally the pragmatism of De Micheli on the organization of the Democratic Party and methods of being together.
BONACCINI, THE PD WITH GOVERNMENT CULTURE – “Thanks Enrico for today’s report and for the work done in these complicated months. I thank the committee whose work I shared. Thanks to Article 1 for being here but if it were limited to this it would be little: the constituent, to be called such, it must call back the millions of people who are gone.” Bonaccini starts straight and outlines the Democratic Party that he thinks bluntly.
“We often applaud each other, they should applaud us outside, they didn’t applaud us and they didn’t vote for us. to speak to ourselves and recalling the millions of people who also left to vote for the right”, he underlines, lamenting a “congressional journey that is too long compared to the times of society. It makes us look like Martians”.
Then a thrust on the change of name: “Never again trapped in incomprehensible discussions outside of here. Only journalists ask me about the name, I have not found a citizen, a voter who would pose the problem of changing his name but many of changing policies, class manager and to listen to the grassroots”.
And therefore, the Pd who imagines: “A large popular and non-populist party. That it recovers the majority vocation which is the opposite of self-sufficiency but means turning to the whole country without giving leftist votes to the M5S and moderate ones to the Third Pole Let’s go and get back the votes we’ve lost. We certainly make alliances, but from a position of strength and not of subordination”.
A position of strength which in the meantime is recovered in the clarity of what it is meant to say, of who it is meant to represent. “I envied M5S, Fdi and Lega because in 30 seconds you understood who they are. Here in 30 seconds we can say that we are the ones who think about health and education, we are the ones who think that the State must guarantee universal rights and a poor man has the Same right as a rich man to be cared for and educated? Here I said it in 30 seconds. Then the consequent battles must be fought”. Bonaccini concludes: “A party with a culture of government that accompanies every criticism with a counter-proposal. This is the condition for having a culture of government even if you are in opposition”.
SCHLEIN, THE PUSH TO THE LEFT – Environment, rights, women, precariousness. Elly Schlein declines her ‘recipe’ for a more left-focused Democratic Party with repeated references to the policies of the Spanish socialist government of Pedro Sanchez. Part of her thanking the “generosity” of the Democratic Party which allowed her, a former member until a few weeks ago, to take back her card and apply for the leadership of the dem. “An act of generosity by the democratic community, the only party that has decided to question itself by opening up, in the first instance to militants but which also opens up to the outside world, to those who have stopped believing in us. It is a necessary process “.
“We have an important task – he articulates – not only to elect the secretary but to look to the future, something that concerns the fate of the entire progressive camp and of the country”. With “a common goal, to make a boy or girl imagine that this is his home, that he must bring his commitment to the Democratic Party, an instrument of redemption for the future and not of surrender”. Then the key themes. Like precariousness. “The Meloni government rightly talks about the birth rate but how can you not see the link between precariousness and falling birth rates? Meloni never talks about precariousness: it is a gigantic removal”.
And on Meloni the lunge: “Women are not helped by limiting women’s options or pensions by number of children. We don’t care about a female premier who does not help women in everyday life. Take equal leave not transferable, that helps women.” Schlein then talks about migrants: those of the government on migrants are “brutal and even illegal choices”. And on rights, he asks the Democratic Party for “more courage. It is absurd not to have approved the Ddl Zan but let’s not stop there. We said egalitarian marriage but also the rights of same-parent families, whose children are already in school and are suffering a lot of discrimination”. On the party, Schlein proposes “primaries for parliamentarians” if the electoral law does not change.
DE MICHELI, THE MEMBERS’ TRADE UNIONIST – “I’m becoming the trade unionist of the members”. Paola De Micheli thus summarizes one of the themes that characterize her congressional motion. Restoring the centrality and weight of the members of the Democratic Party. “We need a radical change in the organizational model. I am becoming the union organizer of the members, there is no association without valorising the members, without them being able to decide anything. Otherwise they simply won’t join anymore. We can no longer afford a top-down model. We are on the left, people expect something more in terms of participation”.
De Micheli launches a proposal that is, to give more weight to the vote of members, it could be worth “double”. And then the public financing of parties. “We can no longer afford to be without it. We made a mistake, it is a sign of intelligence to admit it. Politics needs public funding, I hope everyone agrees to fight all together”.
Finally, how is it in the Pd. “I have always believed in unity, I ask for unity but not unanimity,” says De Micheli. “Too much damage was generated by a fake unanimity in so many secretarial experiences that then tore us apart, they put the managers with their backs against the wall in an irrecoverable way”. And he quotes Jovanotti: “Jovanotti said, in a song, I want a great church from Che Guevara to Mother Teresa. I wondered if the Democratic Party was playing this role of secular church that carries forward those values. The answer was not positive. But I believe the reasons for our mistakes and defeats in Congress are emerging.” Lastly, thanks to Letta and an ‘appointment’ for the after-congress: “On bitterness, let’s write a book together after the Congress”.
CUPER IT, ‘LET’S GO BACK TO BEING AN EXAMPLE’ – “This time we are discussing ourselves and our destiny. And for this reason I believe it is the most important congress”. Gianni Cuperlo does not hide the delicate situation that the Democratic Party is experiencing. “Today in the government there is a right that has shown its face in these three months and for this reason alone there is a duty to build an alternative. Which must be built from below with committees for the alternative”.
An alternative that today cannot be “a government program, the vote is far away” but “we need the power of a thought on the time that has fallen to us”. And “going back to being an example, we must expect ourselves to be credible. Sometimes I hear irony, sarcasm about us. Among us there are neither Sturzo nor Gramsci or Tina Anselmi and Nilde Jotti. But we are not Brancaleone from Norcia either We are a community of men and women who have passion, aware of the mistakes made and if we make them it is right to be ironic but I think that from all of us, from this room we must ask for respect from the Pd community”.
Cuperlo also touches on the issue of the war in Ukraine with a very clear-cut position: “Peace today means defending Ukraine, the West has its faults but nothing absolves the crime against that people. If Ukraine stops defending itself, it ceases to exist , if Russia stops fighting, it stops the war”.