Fourteen Years of Pd, “The Story of bla-bla-bla”

Many defeats, a whirlwind of eight trustees, many defections. And many years in government, despite not achieving a clear victory in the elections. The Democratic Party celebrates its fourteenth anniversary. A long story that began with an ambitious speech Walter Veltroni In Lingotto, passed by the 2007 primaries, which did not go well. In fact, second Arturo BaresiBrodian, Olive Tree theorist and former Secretary of Defense, the Democratic Party was not really born.

Parisi said, “There was no real Congress, the first. A congress that would make the country’s democracy grow” He therefore refers to “one of those earlier conferences which, beginning with the recognition of clearly distinct positions, built party unity, even at the expense of registering the irreparable divisions that authorized dramatic ones”. In fact, the Democratic Party has experienced many splits. But not in the sense that Parisi indicated.

The many divisions of the Democratic Party

The first farewell is the one that took place in 2009 by Francesco RutelliOne of the founders of the party. He just left Largo del Nazarino Pier Luigi Bersani He assumed the position of head of the secretariat. The last split is instead of Matthew Renzi, acquired in September 2019, to give birth to Italia Viva. Amidst many other tumultuous farewells, from Bebo Cephati who baptized his possible creature, in the same bursani and Roberto Speranza, ended up at the head of the first article, not forgetting Carlo Calenda, which launched its own Labor Party. “The Democratic Party was very much anticipated as a subject capable of embracing the entire center-left, at least through the ‘olive tree generation,’ of which I was also a part,” he notes. Andrea BertichiProfessor of Constitutional Law at the University of Pisa. “The first disappointment – he asserts – came immediately, because the process resulted in a merger at the top between DS and Margherita.” Cold fusion, as he put it Massimo D’AlemaAnother outcast of fame. It really never worked.

like Veltroni

But in addition to the divisions, how did the Democratic Party’s story really go? There was a streak of bitterness. The first, the largest, in the 2008 election, when he was the center-right Silvio Berlusconi It won, although presented by Veltroni’s Democratic Party as a great novelty, the long wave of primaries that rose to the level of a great instrument of popular participation. which ratified the founding date of the party, October 14, 2007. The proportion of the majority-oriented democracy (allied with Italy with values ​​only) was 33%. No consensus was again reached on the policy, which paradoxically coincided with a very heavy knockout. In February 2009, Veltronian’s experience in the leadership of the party ended. The disaster in the Regionals in Sardinia was fatal: the then leader nationalized the confrontation, focusing on Renato Soro. freedom people with Ugo Capillaci, Stravins.

after guardianship Dario Franceschini, the former deputy of Veltroni, it was up to Bersani to take over the reins of trust. Once again, the primaries as a way to redeem everything. But for Parisi, it is a “definitely personal primaries”. Or at most, there were “meetings of the organs that were unanimously concluded, which refer to fairly transparent foreign offices designed to avoid that stern and demanded confrontation thanks to which the party is arguably entirely partisan.” No big news, though.

From Bersani to the return of Lita

Al-Barsani’s “lack of victory” in politics in 2013 was perhaps one of the hardest blows in the party’s history. On the eve of the vote was actually the top candidate. The story tells of a meager result, with 25.4% having less than 25.5% of the 5-star move. It was the contribution of Seal, party Nichi Vendola. A scenario that led to the birth of a grand coalition led by Lita, while the Horusian leadership was coming to an end in favor of the ferry Guglielmo Epifani. Thus, in 2014, Hurricane Renzi hit the Democratic Party, victorious in the 2013 primaries, curtailing the well-known #staisereno in Lita. Il Rottamatore made his debut with the now historic 40% in the European Championships: the democracy’s highest score ever. This is realistically unattainable. From there the decline began, with the double split, first the Sivati ​​split and shortly thereafter Bersani left the party as well.

The 2018 vote sent the Democratic Party down below 20%, a number it still barely reaches today. Yet 18% of these policies served, for the umpteenth time, to return to government, as at other times: entry into the majority, without actually being a majority. Meanwhile, Renzi gave up, temporarily letting go of the wand Maurizio Martinawhich, in turn, relinquished Nicola Zingaretti, winner of the usual 2019 primaries. A short leadership, a term of two defections (first Kalinda and then closely Renzi) and two Conte governments lasted, before resigning. And so happened the urgent call for Lita’s exile, in the meantime he ended up teaching in Paris, dispensing with some comparative television from time to time as a kind of commentator.

Bla-bla for the Democratic Party

A whirlwind of names, alternating after bad knockouts and constant disagreements between currents. But with the ability to reinvent itself in government. perch with, expresses a stern judgment on the historical course of the Democratic Party, also associated with the palace: “The intruder about the real problems of the people was evident, while even when they were progressive values ​​such as those of solidarity, equality and participation, I felt the need to accompany you with almost opposing references to preserve a little of everything Inside (“but also the famous”), which gives the impression of disbelief. In short, “the main limitation was not really believing in it,” according to the teacher.

Now, what relationship do the Democratic Party and the center-left think of the future. “Center left? Here is a priority topic for the first conference. For the confrontation that puts an end to bla-bla, but also the political confrontation that you’ve been living for too long and in contrast to the politics reduced to ‘who’ and ‘whom’ wears our immeasurable democracy “. Parisi.

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