It’s been a tough two days trying to catch up with the work that has to be done in between the Election Pause and the Easter pause. Which is why you have not seen any substantial blogging from yours truly. In the meantime the blog comment section has developed a life of its own and, depending on the time of the day, we have had different conversations on a variety of topics. When I say we I include everyone – from the DNA blue to the DNA red to the clucking propagandists to the wankellectuals. Everybody wants to have his say and everybody is free to say it.
One thing that worries me at this particular juncture is that both the media and some commentors in this blog seem to be unable to distinguish between blogger and comment poster. J’accuse has seen all sort of agendas attributed to it when in truth all the reader or interpreter has done is assume that there is some common ground in the comments being posted. It is ironic that when someone comes and calls the posters “a bunch of rebels, alternattivi, grudge bearers etc” he or she ignores the fact that the bunch is also made up of himself and possibly other like minded individuals. This categorising is not healthy.
Sure, everyone wants to protect his banner and his particular crop of DNA, and no one is stopping you. I for one am delaying my penny’s worth of input on the reform issue till the next three days when I can relax from the workload at the office. In the meantime my interventions have been limited to moments when what Keith described as “Zen” exploded by an arrogant comment too many.
As for the reform argument itself I still stick to the line that it has to be tackled irrespectively of Alternattiva, AN or other minority parties who gathered less than 50% in the general election (which in case you haven’t noticed means the whole bloody lot). Governance right now has been resolved with a constitutional compensation mechanism. Whether you like it or not it means that the government currently enjoys the support of less than half the population. I will repeat ad nauseam AD has nothing to do with this.
Suggestions for reform should in my opinion be based on compensation mechanisms that ensure equitable representation (based on a threshold such as 5% to compensate for the wasted vote issue) and combined with the possibility of multi-party governance. I am aware that there is more to discuss and much to disagree upon. In the meantime I will wait a little longer for the shouting game to die out, for the nationalist overenthusiastic misinterpretation of the Phyrric victory to calm down and for the sour grapes of labourite, alternattiva and other party supporters to be digested.
D’hondt worry – once that is over the real discussion can begin.