Berlusconi, in his role as a moderate, pro-European and a mama’s boy to Merkel, knew very well that his Northern League “post-fascist” allies might end up being a problem, and he was expecting some embarrassment from the start. But even in his most pessimistic moments, he surely didn’t envision the possibility of having to support (confirmed or likely) candidates for regional governor who are completely out of control.
Yet, here they are: Sergio Pirozzi, the mayor of Amatrice, and Attilio Fontana, the mayor of Varese, both vying for the title of the most dangerous loose cannon. As if it wasn’t enough that Pirozzi, the candidate for the Lazio region, admitted his admiration for Mussolini, now Attilio Fontana, the candidate for Lombardy, has been caught railing and thundering against the threat of extinction hanging over “the white race,” in response to a listener’s question on Radio Padania: “We must decide if our ethnicity, our white race, our society will continue to exist or will be wiped out.”
The political analysis offered by the Northern League candidate for governor of Lombardy—renowned for his “moderation”—makes Marine Le Pen sound like a choir girl: “There are many more of them than of us, and they are more determined to occupy this territory. We must rebel!” In short, war is war.