Letizia Moratti, Martyr


Tumult for May Day in Milan. Letizia Brichetto Arnaboldi Moratti, set off on foot together with her 23 bodyguards. She walked from Piazza San Babila and managed to walk 50 metres in 10 minutes and 20 seconds because she was wearing stiletto heels. Then she was stopped by whistles, loud bells and those gadgets that go “trickytracky”.

Ferrante made a useless attempt to reach her but was recognised and was kicked by the security services. The Secretary of the CGIL who had invited her, tried in vain to reach her. A group of students and workers tried in vain to reach her.

She was followed into the street she loves: via Montenapoleone. But she found however that the shops were closed. A group of “precarious workers” acclaimed her with football chants reminding her of her successes: “you have precariousised the researchers”, “you have humiliated the workers of the school with the reform” “you have supported the Biagi Law”.
However Ms Moratti did not burst into tears from the emotion as she did on 25 April when she was pushing her father in a wheelchair through the crowd that was applauding and whistling.

Comments from the politicians were not long in coming. Actually they had already prepared them as they didn’t know what else to say for the feast of the workers. Romano Prodi went for a stroll with his wife, Flavia, and said: “These things are not done.” And added nothing more. Castelli and Calderoli accused the red fascism. This is the launch of chromatic politics. Soon to follow we’ll have black communism and brown Lega-ism. Schifani, the electoral poison salesman declared: “The left is poisoning the climate.”

Ms Moratti, who understands everything about manual workers, pronounced these words: “A new era of industrial relations has begun” Worn out by the declaration she took a couple of steps in via della Spiga accompanied by her oil-industry husband and by a few supporters from Alternativa Sociale and Fiamma Tricolore. She discussed with them the fact that she is a candidate for the position of Mayor of Milan and the election strategy for the next few days.

The whisper coming from Buttiglione is that Ms Moratti will become nude in a camp for nomads so as to be able to accuse them of carnal violence, that she will visit the public housing schemes while people are being evicted by the Local Authorities so that she can be insulted to the skin and finally she will offer herself as a human guinea pig to the researchers that she has humiliated during the previous legislative term.

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Myself coming from Finland, where decision-making process tends to be slightly more, erm, 'consensual' than in Belpaese, I just can't help getting amused by the Italian way to practice social dialogue. Of that is the case of Ms Moretti quite a proper example.
Everybody knows that Italian schools are bad. In fact, according to PISA results they're very bad. Until the Moratti reforms Italy was using the system that was created in '20s, as a brainchild by the fascist thinker Gentile. As even the Italian innovation system, no matter how highly praised, hasn't yet been able to provide time-machine this indeed means 1920's. Which means that kids were forced to learn Latin and Classic Greek instead being taught for example how to type. This about primary and secondary education. Italian universities once gave a birth to academia of this continent, but nowadays they are more famous for wide-spread nepotism, waste of resources and absolute lack of accountability.
All this Ms Moratti tried to tackle. Due to my poor reading comprehension in italiano and the fact that my Italian friends -as most of their compatriots, more interessed in how things look and sound than how they actually are- haven't been able to explain it to me, I haven't figured out how she apparently, at least according to the left, has managed to make things even worse. The only factual explanation to hate her that I have heard concerned subsidying private schools -which to me sounds like a cause of ordinary political horse-trading and financially must be peanuts. Ms Moretti has indeed touched many job privileges of researchers and maybe even managed a bit to bash them out of insulation, and as a result the entire pampered academia of her country seems to hate her -but is that a bad thing, really?
It teaches the rest of a few things about Italians. If the right does something, the left reflexively hates it. If the left does the same, the right hates it. Both are utterly incapable of working together. Any results they don't want to achieve, public life to Italians -if it matters at all- is just one more way to express themselves, ranking somewhere between cars and sunglasses. Wanna try to drag them to the 21st century, anyone? Anyone?

Posted by: Aapo Markkanen | May 11, 2006 10:30 PM

Between Bresnew and Putin I would like best Rasputin, he was at least mysterious-looking and esoteric! ;-);-);-);-)

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | May 5, 2006 04:47 PM

My russian friends were yesterday at home. As I'm not a TV addict, they stop a long time ago to say to me that europeans are stupid because they spend their time to watch stupid programs.
But now they start to make other jokes with me. Since they saw and listen a Prodi speach, they say that now we have our own Bresniev instead of our own Putin:-) I didn't say for whom I voted, otherwise I had to PUT OUT too much:-)
As I know that RAS in russian means first or one, I answer that in any case we don't have a RAS PUTIN yet but our Grappa is not bad too and after our 1st of may celebration we are still friends:-)

Posted by: blisco jajo | May 5, 2006 04:42 AM

I was there!!!!!!
A very exciting rally!!!!
For the first time I had the pleasant feeling to be a part of the WINNERS!!!!!!!!
People was singing, dancing, rejoicing, everybody felt free!!!!!It was a great Labour Day!!!!!

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | May 3, 2006 07:33 PM

Did anyone go to the Primo Maggio "concertone" in Roma? I have heard that it became one big anti-Berlusconi rally. Se vero, bravissimo!

Posted by: George De Stefano | May 3, 2006 07:02 PM

The pshychodwarf is gone. He resigned today! At last, we are free!!!!!
But he leaves a bad heritage: to end unhappily like Argentina. The risk is concrete. Let's hope for the best!

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | May 3, 2006 01:17 AM

This is a very delicate moment because everybody's antennaes are directed on every move that the new government will make, specially over the employment issue.
If even those guys will disappoint the italians, there will be the risk of something very drastical similar to what happened in Argentina.
(am I exagerated?)

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | May 2, 2006 11:08 PM

Maria C, I recently saw Sabina Guzzanti's wonderful "Viva Zapatero." As the movie makes clear, Italian democracy is in deep deep trouble. Six years of berlusconi fascism has been a disaster for democracy, especially for free expression, without which democracy cannot exist. But as La Guzzanti made clear, the center-left also bears responsibility for the status quo, in that they never passed a law against media monopolies and never passed a law like Spain's, which prevents political control of the media. Moreover, as Beppe and others have pointed out, it was the Ulivo government that enacted the Biagi law. Let's hope that Prodi's government doesn't fuck things up again and give another opening to the right. No, let's not hope -- voi italiani, you must make sure they don't! And in the meantime, don't let the psychodwarf and his allies make a colpo di stato.

Posted by: George De Stefano | May 2, 2006 09:54 PM

@matteo rizzi:
English please!

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | May 2, 2006 08:25 PM

Beppe hai il complesso dell'elefante più grosso del mondo.
Il berlusca (e soci) non c'è più e tu ti ostini a parlarne.
ma falla finita e rompi le scatole a chi c'è ora...
o alla fine sei un leccapiedi come gli altri??????

Posted by: Matteo Rizzi | May 2, 2006 08:14 PM

She must consider herself very lucky, because people in Italy are becoming too much "politically correct"! She would really deserve eggs and tomatoes!

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | May 2, 2006 06:42 PM

What about ripe tomatoes and rotten eggs?

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | May 2, 2006 06:25 PM

Evidently Mrs Moratti doesn't know the rules of a street demonstration. She's not used to demonstrate but rather to mix herself with the smart set.
People are allowed to show their dissent, and the typical way to do it is to hiss, as well the typical way to show agreement is clapping

I don't see anything outrageous.

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | May 2, 2006 03:37 PM

Grazie mille piccolo grande genovese

Posted by: Yves Besancon | May 2, 2006 11:56 AM

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