Prime Minister Meloni: “No clashes with the judges, I just say what I think. But no more deaths at sea”

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By John

There is no institutional conflict taking place with the judiciary, I only contested a sentence. Giorgia Meloni she was about to leave Turin when journalists asked her about the relationship between the government and the judiciary after her criticism of the sentence of the Catania judge Iolanda Apostolico. The prime minister stops and goes back for a clarification, necessary given the fibrillation that is rising between her robes and which could also affect the Quirinale.

«No clashes – repeats Meloni – the judiciary is simply free to disapply a government law and the government is free to say that it does not agree. So I say what I think, because everyone has autonomy of thought and I have mine. It concerns a specific sentence». That the issue of landings is at the center of the government’s agenda has been clear for days and today, the anniversary of the Lampedusa massacre which caused 368 victims at sea, Giorgia Meloni defines the situation as “explosive” and reiterates the line: “since then tMany tragedies have been repeated to reach the coasts of Europe and it is our precise duty to put an end to this continuous massacre, also by blocking the departure of makeshift boats». The day in Turin was intense and the prime minister did not spare herself at the Festival of the Regions by addressing various topics. Even that, very hot, of the public health crisis that is so dear to the governors who had gathered at the Carignano theater – the square was heavily armored due to a procession that was trying to get there to contest it and was stopped with extreme determination by the police forces – to to know whether resources would be released in the budget law to alleviate the wounds of the sector. But a half-cold shower came from the government: “an effective healthcare system is everyone’s goal”, he begins, before immediately adding that it is “short-sighted” to focus the discussion entirely on resources”. Indeed, he needs «a deeper approach», with a reflection «also on how resources are spent. It is not necessarily enough to spend more” if the resources are spent in an inefficient way.”

Words that probably will not have been appreciated – unlike those of President Mattarella who hoped for “adequate resources” for the sector – by the local authorities who see with anguish the majority of their budget ending up in support for healthcare. In short, who expected news on the topic was disappointed because the prime minister confirmed that “there aren’t many resources”. Concepts that were not liked even by the opposition who attacked head-on: “Meloni, instead of repenting of the cuts foreseen for healthcare, continues to make fun of the people, including those who elected her. Saying that healthcare is a priority but that the commitment is not measured by the money made available is insult after injury. We demand that this government invests the necessary funds”, he tells example, the secretary of the Democratic Party Elly Schlein. Yet the speech at the Turin event, after that of President Mattarella yesterday, began with an outburst and a request dedicated to the majority allies: «I feel the weight of the responsibility that one carries on the shoulders in leading a nation like Italy. You are heirs to an extraordinary history. Being up to it is very difficult, it doesn’t allow lightness, superficiality or personalism.” An invitation to internal cohesion and a sense of responsibility which in the days of the budget law can simply be translated as “limit attacks on diligence”. Perhaps this is why the Prime Minister closed her speech with an appeal for collaboration, addressed to the regions but probably even more so to the many centre-right governors: «I think that loyal collaboration between different levels is an indispensable prerequisite for giving concrete answers and I think – he added – that loyal collaboration must concern the overall strategy and not just the allocation of resources”.