The article entitled “I nuovi satrapi” or “The New Satraps” was published in the Tuesday edition of May 14, 2019. In that piece, Mattia Feltri indirectly accuses the Minister of the Interior, Matteo Salvini, as having something to do with publishing houses of the “muscular right” and informs us that the Interior Minister had “his” police remove banners discreetly expressing dissent and seize mobile phones containing “mischievous selfies”. The journalist, in his “opinion opposite the editorial”, which daily appears at the bottom of “La Stampa’s” first page, laments the last few legislatures have witnessed a Parliament ever more ready to prostrate itself before the latest Head of Government: neither proposing nor approving laws but simply making sure decree laws drafted within a given Ministry (whether or not discussed at the Cabinet level) are adequately funded.
Feltri bemoans that Italy’s Parliament has become nothing more than a rubber-stamp, implying it was anything but, before. Too bad Feltri does not quote any specific example of Italy’s formerly “independent” Parliament. Feltri, however, seems to applaud past “…throttlings of established power by the neck, thanks to internal opposition, something which provoked divisions within Silvio Berlusconi’s Freedom Party and within Matteo Renzi’s Democratic Party.” Feltri further complains that the only thing to be seen today are, “…… legislators strung out like welcome mats and lots of confetti ….” before the Head of Government, who by the way is a lawyer by the name of Conte, not Salvini. Imagine says Feltri what would happen should “they” ever succeed in binding legislators to their constituencies, i.e., constitutionally obligating MPs “to obey the Boss”. For Feltri the current government is nothing but a “bizarre affair” with The Five Star Movement deciding who may run for office and who may not on the basis of earned income. Feltri accuses Mr. Salvini of drafting a second “security decree” giving himself more police powers over ports and granting “his” police forces the power to crush hostile demonstrations. Simply put: “they” are inventing and enforcing whatever laws strike “their” fancy. Laws built and enforced to order. Feltri concludes his op-ed with the following epitaph: “When the Executive and Legislative powers of a Country fall under the sole control of one single force without anyone having the will or the power to oppose such force, it is at that precise point in time that liberal democracies become illiberal.”
The problem is the only “uncontrolled” and “uncontrollable” force today in Italy are the DA Offices, which are recruited from the Country’s Judiciary Corps one of the so-called “Technical Bureaucracies” of this Country’s failing “Stato Unitario”. Not surprisingly, with the League in the lead throughout the North, DA Offices in Lombardy, the Veneto and Emilia (where increased autonomy from Rome is expected to prevail) have announced widespread investigations into alleged corruption by League officials and candidates a week shy of the EU elections, which in Italy are scheduled for May 26, 2019, and which in some Cities like Modena, will also coincide with local elections for the renewal of Mayors and city councilmen. A convenient coincidence for the opposition.