Tomorrow’s vote of confidence in the Berlusconi government in the Italian parliament will resolve nothing say opposition figures, claiming problems will remain for his administration and Italy.
Yesterday Italy’s president called on Berlusconi to make a “credible response” to Italy’s problems.
“The speech in political terms was simply pathetic, pathetic. He did not reply in any way to the question asked by the president. Apart from the confidence vote, how does he intend to make this government work? He just didn’t give any answers,” said the opposition Democratic Party leader Pierluigi Bersani.
Unless there is an unlikely revolt by key supporters the Northern League there is little risk of Berlusconi losing. The vote is a way of bringing his own party’s malcontents into line.
“The majority has remained the same, nothing has changed. We have, thanks to the opposition and supporters of Fini, lost valuable days of work for this country,” said the Northern League’s parliamentary leader Marco Reguzzoni.
The simple fact is Berlusconi is safe because, as many papers have alleged, of a secret signed deal held by a lawyer binding the Northern League to Berlusconi; the price for him personally bailing out a bank, Edilnord, in which the Northern League had invested heavily. Had it gone under, the Northern League would have been bankrupt.