Sardines

There will be sardines in our political menu this winter

After a long hot summer of bold statements and unchecked untrue statements by our political leaders (… one in particular), the political menu changed suddenly and unexpectedly by four 20-somethings lads that had just enough of nastiness, hoax, fake news (they are called ”bufale” here, meaning ”female buffalo”), and plain racism;

IN SHORT

One flamboyant Minister whose campaign was based of bold statements like ”Italian first” (not that original, I’m sure you heard that before…), against the EU and those bureaucrats in Bruxelles (he had a seat at the EU parliament, but seldom bothered to go there to express his views), and the most popular slogans–with which he gained a 17% on last year elections, hence gaining the post of Minister of Interior–the migrants that stole our jobs!

Like all politicians he had a short and selective memory, but the wind was blowing favorably on his sails, and figuratively too, since he was very fond of Italian beaches, and parties, sporting a good tan to support his penchant.

In the dead of summer, refreshed by one-too-many mojitos, he announced that he is withdrawing his [party] confidence in the coalition government and asked for ”full powers!”

… A NEW MUSSOLINI

As I said politicians have short memories, but big egos! He forgot that his party only had a mere 17%; the leading party was the M5S with about 30%, and another, though not part of the coalition was the PD with about 24% (out of only a 75% of people that actually bothered to vote).

When a government looses the confidence, the Prime Minister must report to the President of the Republic to resign his post. However, the President can refuse such resignation (already done many, many times before in Italy. So not a novelty).

Indeed the President refused the resignations and asked the PM to form another government with the other two major parties, which together, would get the necessary +50% of parliamentary seats.

That came as a nasty surprise to our ”statesman-in-making”. So as soon as he recovered, he took to the streets and to the peopulace and called for high treason! (nevertheless!)

AND HERE COME THE FOUR

Tired of misinformation, fake news–whatever we want to call them–the useless rants on Twitter (yes we have that too), the call for hatred, the presumptuous and overconfident lies; our young friends spread a message via the internet with a sardine as a symbol that more or less said ”we don’t get hooked. ”

Lega (The League) is the name of the party in question. In Italian it also mean a tie (from to tie), hence the slogans such as “Roma non si Lega” means “Rome is not going to tie itself to [that party], and “Torino si slega” means “ Torino is untied-ing itself from [that party ideologies]”
The occasion was the visit of the (now) former Minister in Bologna (a town notoriously as liberal as NYC).

What seemed to be a one and only funny episode was quickly and enthusiastically imitated by all the other cities that were in the former minister campaigning agenda.

A GOOD CHANCE TO STAY SILENT

The ”former hero minister,” like it sometimes happens, lost a perfectly good chance to keep silent. He tried to respond with the same tune, and sent out tweets claiming his kitty will eat the sardines ”fried”!🥺🤨

Unfortunately, the four friends from Bologna, all with higher degrees than most of our leaders, are well read and smooth talkers, particularly one of them; Mattia.

They easily responded promptly and eloquently all political offensives, all along gaining popular support.

They asserted repeatedly that this movement is not tied to any political party, they are not siding with any political party, buy–as in the image below-they ask for solidarity, hospitality, respect, human rights, intelligence, non-violence, anti-fascism, … and happiness.

UBI MAJOR MINOR CESSAT

In Italy we say ”ubi major minor cessat”, meaning that when one meet an [intellectually] superior match, one must shut up! And this was a very clear example where silence would have done better.

Since then every weekend there are people meeting in our beautiful piazzas armed with drawings of sardines to call for a transparent politiical dimension, and to end falsehoods and nasty populist talks; in short ENOUGH!

Lega (The League) is the name of the party in question. In Italian it also mean a tie (from to tie), hence the slogans such as “Roma non si Lega” means “Rome is not going to tie itself to [that party], and “Torino si slega” means “ Torino is untied-ing itself from [that party ideologies]”
Yesterday it was Milan. Piazza del Duomo was full to the brim, also Padova, and Naples, and many others.

There are Smaller gathering also in NYC, Washington, Amsterdam Belgium and other places where thee are italians working abroad to show their support.

Maybe the sardines are also going to catch up with all the other places in the world where there is a real need to say ENOUGH!

so many people of different backgrounds have come together, with different stories, with important differences to send a very clear message: it is time to change the political language.

Mattia

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I lived the most part of my life in Washington DC, now in Italy getting to know again my country. Plenty of surprises, for good and bad, and lots of nostalgia for DC.

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