The gentle slap of Follini at Casini and Tabacci: dear former DC, give up the parliamentary seat

The gentle slap of Follini at Casini and Tabacci: dear former DC, give up the parliamentary seat

"The news circulating of a candidacy (yet another) by Casini and Tabacci arouses in me a feeling of sadness, that's why". What Marco Follini wrote in the newspaper La Stampa

“I know them well as valuable executives. Their parliamentary interventions, their interviews, their pronouncements bear traces of an uncommon political skill, albeit at times different from each other and different from many others of us. Moreover, the school is a teacher of life, and also of good politics; and we were lucky enough to grow up among good teachers. But it is precisely for this reason that the news circulating of their candidacy (that they do not take it: the umpteenth) arouses in me a feeling of sadness. As if they were never able, after so many years spent in parliamentary halls, to give way, encourage new talents, make way for others, in short, see things from the outside making them count for what they really are ".

This is the salient passage of the letter that the former DC Marco Follini sent to the editor of the newspaper La Stampa – of which he is a columnist – but addressed to his friends who are equally former DC as Bruno Tabacci and Pierferdinando Casini.

Objective: to advise them not to run after decades of parliamentary and governmental life: Casini was elected for the first time in Parliament in 1983 and having been confirmed in the following nine legislatures, he held the position of deputy or senator for over 38 consecutive years ( as well as having been president of the Chamber); Tabacci was already a DC deputy in 1992 and then also held various ministerial positions.

Here is an excerpt from Follini's letter addressed to Tabacci and Casini:

Dear director, a long post-Christian custom leads me to disturb the election campaign of Casini and Tabacci for a moment. With both of them I have a certain confidence and even some political debt that I do not hide. Along with some contrast – which I also claim. We have been active in the same party for more than a few years, and that trait of common history authorizes me to have a certain confidence which I gladly abuse. I have more regard for them than hostility, despite some friction that is not exactly slight. I know them well as valuable executives. Their parliamentary interventions, their interviews, their pronouncements bear traces of an uncommon political skill, albeit at times different from each other and different from many others of us. Moreover, the school is a teacher of life, and also of good politics; and we were lucky enough to grow up among good teachers. But it is precisely for this reason that the news circulating of their candidacy (that they do not take it: the umpteenth) arouses in me a feeling of sadness. As if they were never able, after so many years spent in parliamentary halls, to give way, encourage new talents, make way for others, in short, see things from the outside making them count for what they really are. These are life choices, I understand that well. Ways of being in the world. And as far as I'm concerned, our ways have made a certain difference between us for quite a few years now, but the theme, in this case, is not personal. It is not about families and consciences. It's about the idea of ​​us, and the country's idea of ​​us. Casini and Tabacci are – albeit without following – the last visible exponents of the Christian Democratic tradition. They could present themselves as such to the voters' judgment, without asking for hospitality, in an open and risky challenge. Or they could, even more nobly, leave their seats and contribute in a thousand other ways to the outcome of the civil battle. But that continuous and continuous and continuous recurrence in the end only serves to tell us Christian Democrats, all of us, as people attached to power at all costs, devoted to the cult of their own and


This is a machine translation from Italian language of a post published on Start Magazine at the URL https://www.startmag.it/mondo/la-soave-sberla-di-follini-a-casini-e-tabacci-carissimi-ex-dc-mollate-la-poltrona-parlamentare/ on Thu, 11 Aug 2022 05:38:53 +0000.