The primaries for the leadership of the Democratic Party in Italy have decapitated the regional and provincial elites in the North. Swathes of cities and towns in the North have voted against the Bersani-supporting party organisers by enormous margins. (In Arezzo it reached over 60% for Renzi: Florence, Siena, Prato Pistoia, Lucca, Sansepolcro - from the Casentino to the sea Renzi has taken the Party's vote. And this has happened all over the North.) In a desperate attempt to claim democratic authority Pierluigi Bersani's apparatchiks, and Bersani himself, are accusing us of lack of solidarity and failure to recognise the real enemy.
'We are the Democratic Party', they shout from the television screens, from La Repubblica (Italy's Guardian) from council chambers, regional authorities, from their offices and jobs for the boys and girls. 'They' are the Right, the evil people who have voted for Berlusconi, not 'Us' the occupants of the moral high ground and keepers of the flame of 'fairness'.'
"No' the voters have roared back. 'You people are the reason for Berlusconi's years in power, elected as a result of the desperate dash from your grasping, authoritarian, taxing, transferring, regulating, clientalist, dead ideological hands.'
'And if, next Sunday, you rig the vote as you have up to now by excluding the electorate, limiting access to the poll, turning away qualified voters on the whim of your polling officials and all the other dishonest tricks of corrupted party elites the world over, we will vote for Berlusconi again. Better a gangster, or to have our government commissariato under Monti than a 'former' communist chosen only by the South, the dispossessed, and the political dead.'