Letter to the stillborn Lega

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A member of the Lega (Lega Nord Party) asked me to publish his letter.

"Dear Beppe Grillo, I am sending you this open letter to Umberto Bossi because I know that if you post it on your Blog, then he will certainly read it. Thanking you in advance." Dante.

Umberto,
I feel that I can take the liberty to speak to you on first name terms because I have followed you ever since 1987, when you were drawing pictures of chickens for the posters for “Roma Ladrona” (Rome the Robber). Today you have run away from home, but I will be waiting for you in any event. Our door is open. I stopped voting for you when you went in with Berlusconi, the very same man that you used to call the Mafia Don of Arcore and at that time, as I’m sure you remember, all the rank and file members agreed with you. I don’t know why you did this. I don’t believe that you did it for the money, all those billions that he is said to have paid to buy you, nor do I believe for a moment that you feared for your safety and that of your family because of death threats made by the Mafia. These are things that should never be said. I am convinced that they have tried to buy you and to intimidate you, but as far as I’m concerned you are not the type of person that is for sale and you have always shown a certain amount of courage.
I believe that you have abandoned the Lega where our origins lie for tactical reasons, in order to get federalism introduced sooner and, for this reason, you went ahead and made a pact with the devil, with the one who represents the very opposite of what the Lega stands for, Dell’Ulti and Licio Gelli’s man, the son of Bettino Craxi, the heir of the very same Andreotti that forty thousand of us told to fuck off in the field at Pontida, long before Beppe Grillo had even thought of telling people to fuck off. The Lega invented “fuck off”, indeed, you invented it.
I believe that Berlusconi, excuse the language, has screwed both you and the Lega and that he is the only one that has scored in the process. You presented him with a gift of five years in power without getting anything in return. While he has managed to introduce certain laws for his own benefit, the Lega has received nothing, indeed less than bugger all. Now you have promised that you will deliver fiscal federalism and, if you manage to do this, all hail to you, however, I don’t believe they will allow you to deliver. They cannot afford to simply shut down the bankrupt Centre and South of the Country, which survive on the taxes deriving from the productivity of the North, because there would be a revolution in Sicily, in Calabria and in Campania, where the only important business enterprises are the Regional Administration, the Provinces and the Municipalities. They would all die of starvation. Fiscal federalism would result in revolution and secession. You know this very well, as do they.
Since you joined up with Berlusconi, you have had to swallow a number of bitter pills, but in this legislature the pills are truly gigantic: the public loans to Alitalia, the Messina Bridge, and Naples’ rubbish brought up to the North for disposal. During the past three months, all you have managed to discuss are laws aimed at blocking all of Berlusconi’s many pending court cases. The “safety for the citizens” that you talked about during the election campaign has been sacrificed at the altar of Berlusconi’s impunity. The gypsies were here before the elections and they are still here now. The illegal aliens were landing here before, as they are still landing here now. The only tax revenue that the Municipalities of the North had at their disposal was the ICI (Property Tax), which has now been cancelled. The North’s companies are closing down, a fact of which the Lega is painfully aware, as a result of taxation, VAT deposits that are never reimbursed, the IRAP (Regional Business Tax) and the thousands of other pain-in-the-arse Italian bureaucracy requirements.
Our companies are closing down, Umberto, while you are spending your time covering Berlusconi’s arse and hoping for the arrival of federalism. Once Berlusconi has managed to sort out all of his legal problems, you can just as well forget all about fiscal federalism. I hope (I really do hope) that I am wrong, but you are likely to be left empty handed and with a ruined party. Should you dare to raise your voice, Berlusconi will squash you and take up with Veltroni, or Casini, or both. And, on his television stations, he will treat both you and the Lega in the same way as he is currently treating Di Pietro.
I remember how, one day, in the Oltrepò Pavese area, there were only thirty of us there to listen to you speak, yet you spoke to that handful of people for no less than two hours. You explained to them how the Church intimidated free thinkers and how they burned the heretics. Sabina Guzzanti would have been making notes, now a convent girl has taken your place. It is never too late to turn back when you have taken the wrong road.” Dante

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