Very quick commentary on the MES

Just a very brief remark, indeed, I'll be generous, two (to be included in the "How it works" category).

First: I think it is clear to you, and even more so after careful deliberation of the reading recommended yesterday , that the MEF went straight on its way and that even if we had been in government position, given the reports of strength, we would not have been able to avoid the request for access to the ESM (which at this point has been outlined as something already decided for some time), just as we had not been able to avoid the prior political consent to the modification (then not completed) of the Treaty. Two pieces of an overall strategy, pursued for over a decade by our German brothers, with the convinced support of some Italians, to bring Italy "under program", as they say. But the political responsibility for this choice is not ours, because we are the precise choice of the opposition: the responsibility lies with the 5 stars, who will have to manage it. The PD does not even name it, so you know …

Second: I think it is also clear to you that without this opposition there would not have been even a debate. As on other occasions (think of the Banking Union, that is, the bail in), the country would have tied its hands without any of you having the slightest opportunity to appreciate what was happening. Instead the debate took place, we saw the rumors in favor (Bufacchi, Caprarica, Sabatini, …), we saw the contrary ones (Fitoussi, Giavazzi, Mangia, etc.), they are all registered, and I would say that we can move on in addition, in respect of all opinions, even those of those who do not respect the facts, or perhaps simply do not have the cultural and professional tools to ascertain them.
But opinions are sacred, all …
So let's record them all, and for now let's close the debate. We will reopen it, however, when it becomes clear who was right and who was wrong. At that point, obviously, it will finally be possible, and in some ways it will also be necessary, to draw conclusions. But it will only have been possible because this opposition was opposed. I know that for many of you this is not "something". But in fact, this is your opinion …
(… needless to say that I know how it will end: but I don't want to spoil the surprise, nor to seem overly opinionated, to those who don't know me. To those who know me, I say that I see no reason why it doesn't turn out like everyone else the other times …)

This is a machine translation of a post (in Italian) written by Alberto Bagnai and published on Goofynomics at the URL https://goofynomics.blogspot.com/2020/05/rapidissimo-commento-sul-mes.html on Tue, 12 May 2020 13:26:00 +0000. Some rights reserved under CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 license.