Some considerations about what happened last Sunday in my home-country
On the 4th of December we were called to vote against or in favour the constitutional reform promoted by Renzi government. The reform's text basically aimed to turn the current perfect bicameralism into a new one which- according to our Prime Minister- would have brought a quicker legaslative procedure. The Senate as far as we know it would not have been anymore elective, but it would have become a chamber composed of regional counselors. Consequently, the Chamber of Deputies - and the government itself - would have received more powers. Last Sunday almost the 60% of Italians voted against this constitutional reform. I am among them, because the reform presented oscure points about the effective distribution of power among government and Parliament: I studied Italian history well and I absolutely wanted to defend a Constitution which is the only barrier against any sort of dictatorship. Our Consitution is the most beautiful gift that anti-fascist resistance could have given to us and to the next generations. It protects us against every sorrows our ancestors were forced to suffer during the fascist era.
Renzi admitted the defeat and in a touching speech he declared he would have resigned the next morning. He will lead the country until the approval of the incoming Budget Act. After that, a new electoral campaign would come. Populist parties and extreme right-wing parties, such us "Movement 5 Stars" and "Lega Nord" truely believe to stand a chance and finally take the executive power. They were two of the highest supporters against this constitutional reform. The truth is that for them this referendum was just a way to send Renzi home, they absolutely do not care about our Constitutions, otherwise they would consider equal every person, instead of insulting migrants, or political women calling them "dolls". They are spreading rage and false news among citizens against European Union and against our institutions (firmly protected by our Constitutional Chart... how ironic is it?). This violent sentiment was the main incentive which led the majority of Italians to vote against this reform. For many young people as me, it is humiliating to know that we voted exactly as these populist politicians. We want to defend our Constitution especially against men like they are, because God only knows what would have happened if someone such as Grillo or Salvini would have been our Prime Minister and would have taken advantage of the modified Constitution.
What really fed me up about all this political experience is the "stadium atmosphere" perceived all along the referendum's campaign. It seemed we were in a huge bar watching a football game wherein the supporter of team A where shouting insults against supporters of team B and vice versa. It was tough to assist at a real debate where people coming from the two factions talked about this constitutional referendum in a civil manner. I wish that Italian politics would be more professional and correct and less led by the willingness of spreading anger and disinformation.
Soon, we will be called to new elections. In the already-known poisoned political climate.