The squeeze given by Prime Minister Draghi on the pandemic, announcing the obligation of anti Covid vaccination and the use of the third dose for all is the litmus test of a pandemic situation that is far from resolved even in Italy, even with 70% of the vaccinated . In this case, Italy would follow the example of Indonesia, Micronesia, Turkmenistan, currently the only three countries with compulsory vaccinations for all. There are billions of unvaccinated people in the world today, with the virus, mutating and having no borders, circulating and will circulate for years. Let’s cut it short: if all Italians were vaccinated today, would the virus no longer exist?
The vaccine (not without risks, for example not knowing the long-term effects), however, is doing its part, but it is not a panacea: it does not eradicate Covid, if anything it reduces the severity of symptoms. This means that in this battle everything that is useful must be used, for example by developing home-made treatments, and more. Inviting Italians to get vaccinated is right, another matter is the obligation not only on the constitutional and political level but also on the health one. There is no medical and scientific support that proves that it is the unvaccinated who produce the mutations of the virus, reducing the effectiveness of vaccines. After the summer holidays, the climate of uncertainty and fears mixed with intolerance and even hatred fostered by vaccinated and unvaccinated people grows in the country: a situation that can soon create the conditions of a fibrillation, if not a social and political destabilization.
The No-vax draw nourishment from this bad habit which, however, is also good for others, first and foremost to a part of the political class (including the government) that lives on the oppositions and divisions of citizens on which, irresponsibly, so many newspapers and TVs blow. Bringing together those who still do not want to use the current vaccines not out of ideological and political choice but out of ignorance, distrust or even well-founded fears with the No-vax (among which there are fringes of ideologized anti-system), not only means confusing reality but leads to a political error whose social, political and specifically, electoral consequences will soon be paid.
Those who think differently from the majority cannot be criminalized. Mutual tolerance is needed, not witch hunts, if anything, the two extremes of both factions must be marginalized. It is first up to politics not to radicalize conflicts on the Covid issue, allowing everyone the right to speak and to act according to conscience in compliance with democratic laws. Do No-vaxes Commit Outlaw Acts? For the No-vax, as for all, the laws and rules that exist and that must be applied in case of transgressions such as social disturbance and acts of violence are valid. The law must always be applied and for everyone and if this does not happen it means that there are those who are happy to maintain this status of turbulence.
Now, Draghi’s three trips: yes to the vaccination obligation, yes to the third dose, yes to the extension of the green pass, beyond the specific merit, are an evident political signal to make the executive understand inside and outside, if if there was still a need, who has in hand the levers of command. The question arises: is Draghi’s a legitimate and opportune move to keep parties in line on controversial issues or a useless and harmful political forcing? By acting in this way, the authoritativeness of the premier recognized by all could lead to the authoritarianism of the Marquis del Grillo summarized by Alberto Sordi “I know me and you are not a c … o”? In this case, the parties – first of all the Democratic Party and the M5S – may be well advised to make the best of bad luck, that is, take note of being in the government as wingmen and still obtain “useful” from them, especially when, as this time, it is mainly the League a suffer and “pay duty” for the lunges of the premier.
Salvini, then, evidently irritated, reiterated that if we continue on this path by limiting personal constitutional freedoms, in Parliament the League will vote “No” to the vaccination obligation, however reassuring the permanence of his party in the executive. As if a parliamentary vote on this issue, contrary to what the head of the executive wants, had no consequences on the stability of the government itself. In other times, already at such an announcement by the premier, it would have been a government crisis, caused by a party electorally over 20%, not at all in agreement with the premier. Here, with the League that in any case the polls give as the first or second national party and with the center-right electorally stronger than the center-left, we will see. Anything can happen. All. Beyond Draghi’s authority and proud frown.