The party was prepared as God intended, the good dinner service was laid out and then nobody came. You feel bad and you have to nibble all this stuff, just pretending that’s OK, because your friends are feeling quite poorly, they are just in crisis. Beppe Sala, for the first time at La Scala as mayor of Milan, was orphaned by his main political sponsors: the Renzi government is gone. This was not expected in the “pact” full of promises and millions signed with his friend Matteo just a few weeks ago.
And so, the laboratory city of the national party that was, has first hand knowledge of what it means to have staked everything on the losing horse, right in the day of St. Ambrose. Milan will still be the “the country’s tow truck” — as it is often called — but Wednesday the institutions stayed away from the ritual that symbolically represents the best the arrogance of power, the VIP in attendance packaged as mannequins slipping hurriedly through the foyer protected by the police, and all other citizens out in the cold kept at bay behind the barriers.
Wednesday was not the right day for anyone, not even the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella, or the newly found president of the Senate Pietro Grasso, the president of the Chamber Laura Boldrini or anyone else. These absences were justified. Not even a minister found half-day off to attend the Madama Butterfly conducted by Riccardo Chailly. The presence of the governor of the Lombardy Region Bobo Maroni, the highest authority in the State, did not provide much comfort unbeknownst to the “first” menace of the government crisis.