There was no alternative to the resignation, and even the hardcore Renzi supporters realized it immediately. It was useless, even harmful, to wait for the return of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. So, with a few lines addressed to the premier on Thursday, Federica Guidi said goodbye to the Ministry of Economic Development, pushed with her back to the wall by a wiretap of her fiance’s phone that implicated him in using his influence to pass beneficial oil legislation. It was a classic smoking gun.
Guidi said she is “absolutely certain of my good faith and fair dealing of my work.” However, “as a matter of political expediency,” she “must resign.” Never has the phrase “political expediency” been put to such good use. The wiretap could not have come at a worse time for the government. A short time from the municipal elections. So close to the referendum on drilling that, in the light of the amendment custom-written to Total’s interests, acquires even more importance and that just following the Potenza scandal, has become even riskier for the government.
The leaders of the Italian Left Scotto and De Petris, threatening a no-confidence motion against the minister, had immediately said: “From the defunding of alternative energy initiatives, to the attempt to sabotage the referendum, without forgetting Total’s amendment, the entire government has tended to favor the oil companies.” M5S had moved along the same lines, remembering its strenuous opposition to the amendment in question, but also Giorgia Meloni for FDI and even governor Toti, with a mocking tweet: “Guidi with oil, Boschi with the banks. But does anybody in this government work just as a minister?”