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Fratoianni: Voters thought we were not good enough

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Interview. Sinistra Italiana brought just 2 percent of votes in the European elections. Secretary Nicola Fratoianni blames millions of ‘useful votes’ to parties seen as having a better chance of defeating the far right wave.

written by Daniela Preziosi

Topic Italy

Also filed under interview

May 31, 2019

“Our proposal was led to fail by the call to cast a ‘useful vote,’” says Nicola Fratoianni, the secretary of Sinistra Italiana. Analyzing the failure of the La Sinistra list, itself born after the defeat of another list, Liberi e Uguali, is a bitter pill to swallow for him. “If we look at it on a more profound level, this period in politics has been marked by polarization around one conflict. And in this conflict, the need for a defense against the black wave prevailed over everything else. All of us have contributed to this narrative, and it has led to the people giving their votes to those who appeared more likely to mount an effective resistance.”

But isn’t the black wave a real threat?

It is, of course. However, its very presence has overshadowed the policies that are necessary to sever the roots from which it has drawn its strength. But let me be clear: this doesn’t absolve us of responsibility.

Isn’t blaming the “useful vote” a form of absolving yourselves of the limitations of your political proposal?

Quite the opposite. The voters chose those whom they felt would be more effective in stopping the right. They thought we were not good enough, and that we had little credibility. Then, there are other elements as well, such as, for example, the fact that the list was put together very late—but I think........

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