On the eve of tomorrow’s Italian general election, the President of the EU Commission Ursula von der Leyen declared that she had “tools” to deal with Italy going in a “difficult direction” – presumably if the result was against the wishes of the left liberal regime in Brussels.
NEW – EU Commission President on the upcoming elections in Italy, where a right-wing victory is expected:
"We will see. If things go in a 'difficult direction' – I have spoken about Hungary and Poland – we have tools." pic.twitter.com/PxtvpXyCua
— Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) September 23, 2022
Of course it is not the first time in the past year that the Commission, with the support of a motley alliance in the Parliament that includes everyone from clapped out Brussels place holders and hacks through Pollyanna Green naifs to unreconstructed Stalinists who are part of the far left GUE/NGL group to which Sinn Féin belongs, have tried to dictate the outcome of the election in a member state.
The Vice-President of the Fratelli Deputies, Fabio Ramelli, reminded von der Leyen that she is supposed to represent all of the citizens of Europe and that it is not her business to be questioning democratic elections in any of the member states. This concept appears to have been lost among our own elite and aspirant elite.
The EU invested huge propaganda resources along with leftist NGOs in attempting to defeat the PiS candidate in the Polish Presidential election, and last April tried to do similar against the Hungarian Fidesz party. Both soft-Wokey attempted coups were unsuccessful and both parties won comfortably.
Now, with the Fratelli d’Italia – Brothers of Italy – poised to emerge as the largest party and its leader Giorgia Meloni looking likely to become Prime Minister in a government of the right, the Commission has basically told Italians that it they do elect such a government and it implements the platform upon which they will have been elected that Italy may well face the same sort of hostility that has led to the threat of sanctions against Hungary and Poland.
All polls to date have shown that F d’I have risen steadily over the past year to just over 25% in the last polls that were allowed to be published on September 9. Along with the other parties of the right, a Meloni led coalition would have a comfortable majority.
One of the most interesting aspects of the Italian election from an Irish perspective, well from my perspective at least, is that the main left liberal party is one which would comfortably accommodate every single one of the parties in Leinster House – with the exception of Aontú, because of its opposition to abortion, and People Before Profit/Solidarity because they would most likely be part of the extreme left coalition – in one party.
That party, the Partito Democratico is comprised of factions of all of the old corrupt Italian parties from the former Christian Democrats of the centre right to the once mighty and ultra Stalinist Communist Party of Italy with factions of the former Socialist and Liberal parties thrown in. However, the main component is the former left which had seemed to successfully entice the soft underbelly of the centre right into an acceptance of what the Communist Party would have once derided as “bourgeois liberalism” before it realised that socialism was a beaten docket.
One can only look forward to the day when the Leinster House parties are all formally, rather than informally as at present, part of the same organisation bobbing about the 20% level in polls and elections.
As for the Fratelli, most media do not bother to go beyond labelling them as “far right”, with the lazy convenience in the Italian context of being able to reference Mussolini. The Irish Times is worried apparently, in the same way it used to worry about Sinn Féin and “white n******” and the gluttony of the Irish peasantry who were making it difficult for a chap to run three houses and simultaneously support the orts. It’s not getting any easier you know.
The term “far right” is pretty much meaningless. Take just one example. All of the main European parties of the For Roysh support state ownership of key public assets including energy. The leader of Sinn Féin, Mary Lou McDonald said last week, apropos of the energy price crisis, that she does not.
So apart from her youth wing posting really cool photos of Fidel and Che and the Red Army their “socialism,” along with their “nationalism,” is just smoke and mirrors. The French National Rally is to the left of Sinn Féin on actual real economics as opposed to promising everyone jam tomorrow and feeding social resentment that they have no way or intentions of satisfying.
The policies of Fratelli are quite interesting. They are opposed to abortion, euthanasia, same sex marriage and men competing as women in athletic competitions. Their policies on immigration are similar to those of other parties of the European right, and indeed not dissimilar to some of the actual measures now being implemented by the Social Democratic government in Denmark.
They promise to introduce deportation of criminals, to remove the right to dual citizenship, and introduce quotas for the numbers of immigrants from each country. They and their allies also want to see the implementation of stricter border controls in co-operation with north African states to prevent people trafficking by criminal gangs.
Crime generally is a major concern in Italy and Fratelli have said that they will deploy more resources against drug dealers and organised crime in the mafia. The other likely members of a Fratelli led coalition broadly agree on policy and have a common platform based on the fundamental idea of the “Defence and promotion of the classical and Judeo-Christian historical and cultural roots and identities of Europe.”
They also agree on the need to protect Italy’s key energy and other infrastructure which includes the maintenance of the state interest in key public utilities including the national airline. They support tax cuts for household and local businesses. The focus of their tax and enterprise policies are the self-employed, and small and micro businesses. They also propose to protect and encourage Italian families through a whole range of radical measures from reducing costs of childcare, pro-family mortgage policies, support for working mothers and incentives for larger families through a “family quotient.”
Their welfare policies are similarly designed to support families and are also clearly at odds with a dependency welfarist culture. They wish instead to encourage people to enter the workforce through the application of their own skills and initiative and will provide supports for those with physical and other disadvantages, However, they also intend to abolish the basic income and Fratelli in particular have called for measures against welfare abuse.
So that’s what constitutes being “far right” these days. Policies that would not really have raised much of an eyebrow even on d’Olier Street back in the day when they would comfortably have fit into the election manifestoes of Fianna Fáil and the Irish Labour Party or the pre-Woke liberal Shinners.