Luca Bernardo and Beppe Sala
Better a candidate for mayor taken from politics, or a civic? The choice of the center-right, which has fished in civil society for the administrative meetings of September-October, is the culmination of a path started by Silvio Berlusconi in 1994.
His famous “descent into the field” represented the mobilization of a highly successful entrepreneur in various fields, in the face of the lowest point touched by politics: the scandal of Tangentopoli. Creating a football-like opposition between one and the other is a specialty of the founder of Come on Italy, but then there were also very solid bases of reality: in the face of “professional politicians” closed in the Palaces of Power and light years away from the real problems of the country, the contribution of a “civic” could have been a historic turning point. And in part it was.
Today the picture is radically different. There is talk of “revolving doors” between politics and the world of professions and the distinction between “Professional politicians” is “Civil society” it is less and less clear. This is not necessarily good. The disintermediation carried out by many political forces, not just the M5S, has meant that characters without art or part of it come to politics as employment office decidedly less demanding than those of the real world: as long as there are votes, we go on, regardless of the demerits widely demonstrated.
A clear distinction, however, is complex. Let’s think for example of Milan, where the center-right chose the pediatrician Luca Bernardo: it struck many Milanese that one of his first releases was against cycle paths, which – precisely because of his profession – appears to be an obvious contradiction. Let’s venture an interpretation: the “non-political” figure is also less independent in the relationship with the parties, which immediately imposed on him a theme that also seems to be the main one in this Kafkaesque Milanese election campaign. On the other hand, when Salvini he repeats the concept of “team” several times a day, giving the idea of a candidate for mayor very party-led … other than civicism!
His opponent is the mayor in office: Beppe Sala. Civic or political? Difficult to say, because his fame stems from his work as a manager and only a few weeks ago he took a party card, that of greens. But those who know him well appreciate his not indifferent political flair, which derives not only from the five years at the helm of the city, but also from previous experiences as City Manager and Number 1 of Expo 2015.
Perhaps it is easier to make distinctions in Rome, where Rays, Gualtieri is Calenda they are definitely political, while Michetti it is the expression of a city certainly upset by various management errors. As a media personality he has his own personal credibility, which however necessarily becomes an arrow in the quiver of the center-right, which has decided not to deploy his men directly in this competition, but certainly not to stand by and watch.
The situation is similar to Turin, where for the PD there is Russian – certainly a political figure – while the center-right focuses on the entrepreneur Paolo Damilano. In this case, however, the presence of other candidates, with a completely civic profile, who seem to have the opportunity to have their say, will not be irrelevant. Especially in the ballot.
The curriculum of a candidate for mayor is never a secondary aspect: in a difficult and stressful job, it is often his soft skills that make the difference. However, when it comes to representing your city, the past is behind you and the only thing that matters are the facts, or i concrete projects to improve the lives of citizens. And these aspects, unfortunately, are not being talked about enough.