Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018

M5S slams door on 'whoring father' Bersani's govt bid


(By Paul Virgo)
Rome, March 27 - The anti-establishment 5-Star
Movement (M5S) slammed the door on Pier Luigi Bersani's hopes of
winning its support for a centre left-led government on
M5S leader Beppe Grillo reiterated his movement's position
that it will never back a government formed by the established
parties by describing Bersani and other members of Italy's
political elite, including ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi and
outgoing Premier Mario Monti, as "whoremongering fathers".
"They are those who are most responsible for robbing the
young generations," Grillo said on his blog, which in 2009 gave
birth to the Internet-based M5S.
"Now is the time for the fatherless to send them home, one
way or another. Time is on their side," added the
comedian-turned-politician, whose movement holds the balance of
power in parliament after capturing a huge protest vote in last
month's inconclusive general election.
It was another blow to Bersani's slender hopes of breaking
Italy's political deadlock.
He has to report back to President Giorgio Napolitano
before the end of the week after being given a mandate to form a
government "certain" of winning a confidence vote in parliament
last week.
Bersani, whose centre-left alliance came first in the
election but failed to win a working majority in the Senate, has
ruled out forming a grand coalition with three-time premier
Berlusconi's centre-right People of Freedom (PdL) party.
So his efforts have focused on trying to reach out to the
M5S with eight-point platform that reflects many of the
movement's policies.
These include cuts to the number of parliamentarians and
other measures to reduce the cost of politics, the recognition
of same-sex unions and the introduction of a universal system of
unemployment benefits.
Grillo has knocked back the overtures as he considers
Bersani's Democratic Party (PD) part of a corrupt,
malfunctioning system that he wants to sweep away.
The M5S's whips in the Senate and the House had reiterated
this position earlier in the day in a meeting with Bersani.
M5S Senate whip Vito Crimi said the movement would vote
against giving confidence to a Bersani government.
Crimi also ruled out the possibility the movement would
abandon the floor of the Upper House to bring down the quorum
for the confidence vote and possibly enable Bersani's centre
left to prevail with its slender relative majority.
He added that there was no chance of a government proposed
by Bersani winning a confidence vote with the help of rebel M5S
The centre left managed to get its candidate, former
national anti-Mafia prosecutor Pietro Grasso, elected Senate
Speaker earlier this month after some M5S members in the Upper
House defied party orders and voted for him.
In the talks, which were transmitted on the Internet in a
first and picked up by TV networks at the insistence of the M5S
in the name of transparency, stressed that Italy needed a
He also said the M5S did not have a monopoly on wanting
"I start from a premise - yes to a government, OK to
governability, but without change there can be no government,"
Bersani told M5S representatives.
"You are leading players in this change, but you are not
the only players. My party feels this need (for change).
"I will not form a government that has no possibility of
making changes in front of it...
"There's a need to give a government to this country. I ask
responsibility from those who are close to us. I ask the parties
who want to have more autonomy not to prevent us in this path".
Roberta Lombardi, the M5S's House whip, said Bersani was
simply regurgitating old rhetoric.
"We've been hearing these things for 20 years," said
"While you were speaking it seemed to me that I was
listening to a transmission of (political talk show) Ballaro'.
"I've been voting for 20 years and hearing the same things and
they are never put into practice".

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