The long and tortuous path that led to the definition of candidates for administrative offices in large cities that go to vote after the summer is yet another proof of the moment of enormous unpopularity that is going through politics. If in the past arriving at an institutional seat was considered the symbol of a status, a sort of pass-partout for privilege, today, on the contrary, it is a sort of negative stigma: who can keep out of it, either in order not to get unnecessary headaches or even to avoid compromising their professional image.
But representing one’s community (if done with competence and honor) remains one of the most noble and socially useful activities, for this reason the systematic denigration of the role is dangerous. Not surprisingly, in Milan there is more talk of the contemptuous definitions of Vittorio Feltri, who will be the leader of the Brothers of Italy, that of the candidate (finally) designated by the center-right coalition, or the pediatrician Luca Bernardo. The editorial director of “Free” he says he is unable to administer anything (which is curious, because a newspaper editor is also a manager) and claims to have accepted the candidacy because so much “The city councilor scratches his balls”.
But is it really so? There disaffection towards elected offices is widespread throughout Italy, but since the inspiration comes from Milan, it is worth remembering that from its municipal council have passed characters who for better or for worse have made the history of the country, from Benito Mussolini to Bettino Craxi.
Of course, today the scenario is radically different. The rules subsequently entered into force have shifted the decision-making centrality to the Mayor and the Council, but also in the current council two ministers now in office in the Draghi government have found a place in Palazzo Marino: Mariastella Gelmini is Alessandro Morelli. The first resigned after the appointment, the second did not. All absolutely lawful.
Certainly compared to the golden days it is a job with little gratification (even economic, we are talking about 1,200 euros per month), but not for this despicable. Feltri’s words are causing some debate. They certainly didn’t like them Elena Buscemi, councilor in Milan with the Democratic Party, who claims to have followed the controversy “absent-mindedly because I worked, like my colleagues in the City Council. From my side and the opposition that a similar character is found ‘on the head’ who also denigrates them. In different ways, with different goals, but that’s the way it is. We believe in political commitment, opposition and majority. We are united by love and the desire to contribute to the good of our city ”.
“As long as I am a Councilor, or Vice President of the City Council, or even a citizen of any condominium, I will defend the institution, its function and the history it represents and all, I say all my fellow councilors, elected by the citizens that that gentleman (what an effort to define it that way) tries to denigrate with vulgar words that offend Milan”, Adds Buscemi.
Riccardo De Corato, a leading exponent of the Brothers of Italy, who has been present at Palazzo Marino for thirty years, also guarantees the commitment required of the municipal councilors: “Well, if anyone else had said that, I would have had something to say. The work of the city councilor is very challenging, but the citizens know this very well, especially the Milanese. But I have nothing to say to Feltri, because it is a monument of journalism, as Indro Montanelli was in his time. Moreover, he is a character who has made provocation his style, so he can say what he wants ”.