Resounding and brutal, heavy and categorical—such was the defeat of the Left. In these pages, leading up to the election, we had been talking about bad omens rather than firm hopes, and, unfortunately, we were not wrong.
The failure of the Liberi e Uguali alliance starts and ends with their percentage: 3.4 percent, the same as Vendola and Fratojanni’s party got in the 2013 elections, at that time allied with Bersani. The exiles from the Democratic Party have not found their voters, and in order to rebuild a Left it will not be enough just to make some adjustment. The scale of the political earthquake caused by these elections won’t allow it.
A country divided halfway between the Lega and the 5 Star Movement—that is the image of our society that the elections have offered us, forcing everyone to reflect on the alienation of the Left from the life of the country, on their too-lazy answers, or the lack of any answers at all, to the social disaster caused by the crisis, and on their underestimation of the unpopularity of the ruling class with which we are being confronted. All this because there can be little doubt about the radical nature of the protest expressed by this vote.