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Marco Travaglio, has just published his book "Uliwood Party" about the poor showing of the first year of the Prodi government. I’ve asked him to write a post about the recent telephone and banking activities of Massimo D'Alema.

Dear Beppe,
A year ago I sent you a post about the self-candidature of Massimo D'Alema to the Quirinale, supported by the great Dell'Utri, Confalonieri, Ferrara, Feltri and Cirino Pomicino.
I allowed myself to remind people that it would be slightly risky to elect as President of the Republic a character who only a year earlier had participated in an attempted bank take over with friend Consorte and all the other friends.
I even noted that sooner or later those telephone intercepts would come out and perhaps someone would have been able to judge them incompatible with the conduct of a President of the Republic.
Fortunately the self-candidature, even though it was supported by people of such authority, came to nothing. Thus today, at least, we don’t have to ask ourselves whether the Head of State should resign (admitting and not conceding that the word “resignation” still inhabits the dictionary of Italian politics.)
While we are madly hearing “news leak” (non-existent as the telephone calls are no longer secrets) and we are hearing of “attack on democracy” (is it that Unipol has even made an attempt to buy that too?) while we hear repeatedly “the intercepts do not have criminal relevance” (well yes they do, otherwise the judges would not have transcribed them), we are losing our sense of orientation.
It’s lucky that someone can still manage to get oriented in the political smoke screens and get down to the heart of the problem, that is to the facts.
The telephone-D'Alema, like the public-D'Alema, put himself forward as a candidate in the footsteps of Bettino Craxi: the same concept of political-economic relationship, the same acquaintances with business people without scruples, the same disregard for the free market (the true one), the same attacks on the Milan magistrates, the same contempt for the free press (on the rare occasions that he bumped into it), the same preference for the Mediaset networks when it was a matter of throwing oblique proclamations to the country (see the self-interview the other night on Tg5). As well as all that, the intercepts add some succulent details.
D'Alema talked to Vito Bonsignore, European Udc parliamentarian, convicted for corruption and the holder of a package of 2% of the BNL shares, asking him to be an ally of Consorte and his friends, well knowing that don Vito would have demanded a political return.
Consorte, through his right-hand man Latorre, wanted D'Alema to make a similar telephone call to Caltagirone, the editor of il Messaggero and il Mattino, as well as being the father-in-law of Casini. We don’t know whether D'Alema did this, but we do know that the day after, Caltagirone gave way.
Consorte was jubilant explaining to D'Alema that: “a year on from the elections we will get BNL” and D'Alema didn’t ask the relationship between the BNL and the elections. Evidently he already knew well. When faced with this shameful behaviour, D'Alema and his cronies repeat relentlessly that “there is no criminal relevance” and “we don’t have foreign bank accounts”, as though the fact of not being a defendant in a trial or being in prison was a sufficient requirement for doing politics.
And as though Fassino, a couple of months ago, hadn’t enrolled Craxi – who was criminally relevant and who did have at least three foreign bank accounts – in the Panthéon of the new Democratic Party.
Naturally when D'Alema also arrives in the Panthéon, Craxi will pack his bags in the name of morality."
Marco Travaglio

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