Italian elections

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No future for radical Italian left?

April 15, 2008

Fausto Bertinotti gestures in Italy’s lower house of parliament

The Rainbow Left alliance, which includes remnants of Italy’s once-mighty communist party, somewhat surprisingly decided to hold what was meant to be its election night celebration at Rome’s Hard Rock café.

An apt choice for the DJ might have been “God Save The Queen” by the Sex Pistols, with its refrain of “There’s no future, no future, no future for you”.

The alliance failed to win seats in either house of parliament, a performance which provoked the headline “It’s a Waterloo” in the moderate daily Il Riformista and prompted the resignation of alliance leader Fausto Bertinotti, speaker of the lower house during the last parliament.

It appears Silvio Berlusconi has won his long-term battle against the political opponents he lambasts as communist liars and accuses of eating children and priests.

Leading the hand-wringing, communist daily Il Manifesto ran the headline “Extra-parliamentary Left” and said the Rainbow Left had paid a very high price for not giving its supporters what they wanted during two years in the coalition government of former Prime Minister Romano Prodi.

Gennaro Migliore, a hard left lawmaker, told L’Unita (the newspaper founded by leading Italian communist Antonio Gramsci in 1924) that the election debacle constituted a “Ground Zero”.

Il Manifesto columnist Valentino Parlato said the Left had failed to convince Italians worried about job security, who had instead voted in droves for Berlusconi and his anti-immigrant and protectionist Northern League allies.

The disastrous showing by the radical left was the biggest surprise of election night, according to Gian Enrico Rusconi, a political scientist at Turin University.Bertinotti in happier times

“We have seen a shift to the right in Italian society and the incredible thing is that the so-called radical left, the closest to the communist tradition in our country, is not even in parliament,” he told Reuters. “I don’t believe there is a future for them because this setback is very, very serious.”


I think that it is about time that Italians kicked out the communists for the first time in over sixty years. They have proven to be nothing but trouble, especially since 1992-1993 when the Mani Pulti scandal happened. The Refounded Communists (PRC) and (to a lesser extent) the Party of Italian Communists (PdCI) have played their part in either bringing down governments (the PRC) or bringing tension to any governing coalition they have participated in over the years. Everyone always blames the center-left, center-right or centrist parties for instability but if you look back the far left has caused most of the problems in terms of stability and coalition tension. Thank God the Italians have come to their senses. Forza Berlusconi!


Hey mr. Judah Sekscinski’,
do you know who, really, Berlusconi is?
Is it a good thing to be governed by the richest
man in the country? The man who owns all the TVs, the newwspaper, the banks, football teams etc. etc.?

Posted by luigi_del_duca | Report as abusive

yes, it is a good think to governed by Berlusconi,
because the other are worst than him.

Posted by dino | Report as abusive

Berlusconi doesn’t really own all.
And he don’t use television for politics.
(He has’t any Newspaper and not all television but only a little part)

Posted by An Italian | Report as abusive

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