“We need determination, in a logic of unity.” There are only three weeks left to vote in the big cities and large municipalities and Enrico Letta, who plays everything in the polls also because he is a candidate for the supplementary elections in the Arezzo-Siena college, can only call all the dem troops to unity. But the way of conducting the election campaign of the secretary of the Democratic Party as well as his latest political outings, starting with the proposal of a patrimonial to finance a “dowry” for the eighteen-year-olds, has aroused many discontent in the minority of the party that refers to the reformist base by Lorenzo Guerini and Luca Lotti.
Reformist base at the window: the Draghi agenda must be registered
Minority for now quiet but ready to take the field of the congressional battle, perhaps with the leadership of the governor of Emilia Romagna Stefano Bonaccini, if the municipal ones should go wrong starting from the capital. Meanwhile, among the audience of dem executives who flocked to Bologna last Sunday to hear the conclusions of Letta Guerini there was not, and the absence was very noticeable also because in the same hours the Minister of Defense launched his political message in an interview to a newspaper: “The Democratic Party must make its name on the Draghi agenda, it must make it its own.”
Eyes on Letta and on the axis with Conte’s M5s
As if to say that so far it has not done so. Because if it is clear that even for Letta Draghi’s reformist agenda must be defended, the political dispute staged with the League in view of the vote in the cities has led him in recent weeks to strengthen the axis with the M5s (Giuseppe Conte was welcomed at the Bologna Unity party two days after the closing of Letta) and the relaunch of some themes that are both identifying and divisive for the vast majority of Draghians, such as the ius soli and the Zan Ddl on homotransphobia. Cui prodest? many ask in the Democratic Party.
The challenge of the «liberals»: Draghi is our prime candidate in 2023
And it is no coincidence that on the same weekend in which the rite of the Festa dell’Unità ended in Bologna, the “liberal” democrats, and not only, met in Orvieto at the annual assembly of the LibertàEguale Foundation by Enrico Morando, Stefano Ceccanti and the late Emanuele Macaluso. In his introductory report, Morando strongly claimed, albeit in a political scheme that remains faithful to the objective of bipolarism, “the highly positive experience of the current government” suggesting “to the Democratic Party and the minor parties of the center-left a conscious an effort to convince the majority of Italians who value the Draghi experience positively and would like it to continue that the only party / alignment able to commit itself explicitly and credibly to guarantee them the achievement of this objective is the Democratic Party / center left “. And Claudia Mancina in her conclusions goes even further and wonders why a political grouping should not be formed around Draghi to go to the next elections with him as prime minister.
And the reformist diaspora marches on in Orvieto: towards a new party?
Meanwhile, in Orvieto, pentastellati have not been seen, but among others the radical leader Benedetto Della Vedova, the Renzians Luigi Marattin and Elena Bonetti, the former force worker Fabrizio Cicchitto, the union leader close to Carlo Calenda Marco Bentivogli have taken the floor. . Faces of the “reformist diaspora”, in short, could find themselves in a common home in the coming months. “But we have no intention of founding a party for the moment,” Mancina points out. At the moment. First we need to see the effects of the municipal. And after this round there will be a return to voting in the spring of ’22 in other cities: from Palermo to Padua, from Aquila to Genoa, from Lucca to Verona.