“Couldn’t you see blackmail in his eyes?”

Walter O’Neil

From: The strange love of Martha Ivers.

It’s Spending Review time!!! And you know what that means: cuts, cuts, cuts. Cuts to the healthcare system (- 7,9 billion euro in 3 years); cuts to Education and scientific research, cut to civil servants (- 24000, at least)… Just business as usual. Incredibly, on Saturday even Giorgio Squinzi (President of Confindustria, the Italian employers’ Federation) said that this way there’s the risk of “social butchery” and suggested that it could be better to introduce a tax on patrimony. SuperMario didn’t like it: This way the Credit Spread (between Italian and German Bonds) will rise to the sky! You can’t disagree with the government line, you can’t criticize its work, you can’t even talk too loud about politics and post-election scenarios (what? Next spring we must vote because the legislative session will come to its natural end): all these things provoke a rise of Spread! Markets are sensitive and a bit nervous, when they perceive you’re just thinking to something they don’t want you to think about, they react and they want you to pay for it. Everybody says we, the Italians, are doing the right things and we make our homework like diligent students, everybody is impressed (the spending review had a great success and all Europe paid us a tribute making an enthusiastic applause), but… but Spread is still rising, and it seems that in Markets opinion enough is never enough. Every time we make something to please them, they ask us something more: at first the pension reform, then the labour market reform and workers’ rights, now the health care system and education, what’s next? We should spontaneously renounce to vote? We should stop talking or even thinking? What? I bet that if Markets would be so courageous to show a face we could see blackmail in its eyes.

“Non hai visto il ricatto nel suo sguardo?”

Walter O’Neil

Da: Lo strano amore di Marta Ivers.

È tempo di Revisione della Spesa!!! E sapete bene cosa vuole dire: tagli, tagli, tagli. Tagli al Sistema Sanitario (- 7,9 miliardi in 3 anni); tagli all’Educazione e alla ricerca scientifica; tagli ai lavoratori statali (-24000 almeno)… La solita storia. Incredibilmente, sabato, persino Giorgio Squinzi, il nuovo Presidente di Confindustria, ha detto che così si rischia la macelleria sociale e ha sommessamente suggerito l’introduzione di una patrimoniale. SuperMario non ha gradito: così lo Spread si impenna! Non bisogna dissentire dalla linea del governo, non bisogna criticarne l’operato, non bisogna nemmeno parlare a voce troppo alta di politica e di scenari elettorali (ma come? La prossima primavera al più tardi ci saranno le elezioni perché scade la legislatura!): sono tutte cose che fanno impennare lo spread! I mercati sono sensibili e un po’ nervosi, quando intuiscono che solo pensi di fare qualcosa che non corrisponde al loro volere, reagiscono e te la fanno pagare, cara. Tutti ci dicono che siamo tanto bravi, che abbiamo fatto come scolari diligenti tutti i compiti, sono tanto impressionati (la revisione della spesa è stata un successone e ha riscosso applausi a scena aperta in Europa), eppure … Eppure lo spread continua ad impennarsi, ai mercati le riforme  non bastano mai. Appena li accontentiamo sono lì a chiederci di dargli ancora qualcosa: prima abbiamo ceduto sulle pensioni, poi sui diritti dei lavoratori, ora sul nostro diritto alla salute e all’istruzione e poi cos’altro? Rinunciare al diritto di voto? Smettere di parlare o addirittura pensare? Cosa? Scommetto che se solo i mercati avessero il coraggio di mostrare un volto, almeno uno, potremmo vedere il ricatto nel suo sguardo.

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