Maybe it’s because of the election coming up, or because of the dreaded return of the Right to power—whatever the reason, we are again talking about the issue of conflicts of interest. Great. The daily La Repubblica has just spent many words on this topic: three editorials, coming after years of silence. And Luigi Di Maio of the 5 Star Movement has spoken about it on TV.
The latter, moreover, has gone on to criticize the RAI (the Italian public broadcaster), attacking the newscasters who have gotten so hung up on conflicts of interest by the representatives of the 5 Star Movement (insignificant, according to Di Maio), while almost completely ignoring the (admittedly more serious) ones involving the Democratic Party in the Fanpage-De Luca scandal. Di Maio then promised that, if he ends up in power, he will finally guarantee the RAI’s autonomy from the political parties. That is a very ambitious goal, which has been talked about ever since the 1975 reform.
Conflict of interest is itself an old topic, now revived by the entrance of Silvio Berlusconi into the fray. He is certainly the most important living example of the phenomenon. But it was downplayed straight away and made to be a low-priority issue by our cowardly and defeatist Left.