The upcoming Italian referendum on December 4 is deceitfully being characterised by the Establishment Elites and EU as a mere administrative procedure to trick people into accepting more centralised power, when it is in fact a well known precursor to total submission to EU supremacy.
The balkanisation of Italy and giving away of regional and local powers to central government, and thus EU, lies at the heart of what globalism is, and the Supremacist EU’s application thereof. This is a classic play of EU supremacy where regions within Nations States are renamed into cells or units within the EU superstate. The regions are given alphanumeric numbers and lose all say in their regional services and administration.
What you need to know about Italy’s upcoming referendum:
Whilst Italy’s political instability is notorious the Establishment are trying to use that as a reason to centralise power. The country has seen 63 governments since 1945 and politicians from all parties have called for reform to the system for many years. It has been proven time and again that centralisation of power leads to more unhappiness in the regions. Soon the city dwellers will be deciding how Farmers should live and work.
The “reforms” (aka centralisation of power), deemed the most significant in Italy since World War II, have been made rather confusing by politicians who see it as an opportunity to further enslave the citizens and by people’s natural instincts that the Establishment must be kicked out. Left- and right-wing parties have joined forces to oppose Prime Minister Matteo Renzi; there are splits within his own Democratic Party; and panicky establishment global media are using scare tactics as usual comparing the referendum with BRexit and Donald Trump’s election, with some using the predictable scaremongering of a possible negative economic impact and even a possible “Italexit”.
So how did we get here?
We took a look at the causes, developments and likely consequences of the December 4th referendum, with guidance from some of Italy’s most respected politics professors.
First thing’s first. Why is Italy holding a referendum?
The alleged aim is to make Italy’s government more stable and efficient through a set of significant changes to Italy’s constitution.
The changes would see the country move from a perfect ‘bicameral’ system (where its Chamber of Deputies and Senate are totally equal) to a new system with reduced powers for the Senate, and a redefinition of powers between local and central institutions. Goodbye checks and balances.
This would mean that the Senate would be less involved in law-making, and that the government would have more control over the regions.
Representation would be a thing of the past as the number of senators would be slashed from 315 to 100, and they won’t even be elected! They would be picked by the government from regional councils. Smells very EU to me.
Fortuitously the Italian people were given the opportunity to decide themselves because although the changes were unilaterally passed by the Italian parliament earlier this year, the majority was too small for them to go ahead without a public vote.
Watching the below video, especially from 8:50, makes it clear how the “reform” (destruction) of local and regional government is part of the EU supremacist process and which is at stake in Italy on December 4th.
Do not be fooled or confused about what is at stake – watch video above to learn from BRexit!
So what are the arguments for and against?
Reformers claim their changes will make Italy more efficient. Opponents say they’ll remove vital checks and balances.
Renzi argues that leaders are practically guaranteed to serve a full term once elected and less money is spent on politicians’ salaries and bureaucracy. Although he fails to mention the money going tot he EU.
But critics argue that the reforms are inconsistent and would leave the PM with far too much power, the very situation the bicameral system was put in place to prevent!
Haven’t we seen this all before? Pro EU politicians implementing a system that gives them total power?
More significantly however, the fact that people are no longer given a say in the so called “democracy” of the modern era means people will use any chance they get to voice their suppressed opinion and wishes. This means that the referendum has instead become a vote on the status quo – on the EU, and on Renzi himself. In other words, the pro Globalism Establishment.
The country’s opposition parties on the left and right, as well as some from Renzi’s own Democratic Party, are encouraging supporters to vote ‘No’ to make a statement against Renzi and the Establishment. This group includes Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party, which had initially supported the reforms, but made a U-turn earlier this year once they realised the direction the groundswell of peoples opinion is taking.
In fact even PM Renzi himself is flip flopping under this pressure having recently removed all EU flags from a press conference he held! That simple act, is an admission, despite his denials, of what this referendum is about.
Without a proper democratic choice,the people will resort to “populism” to enforce their choices!
Why Italy might be the next big threat to the EU’s future and What’s gone wrong with Renzi’s campaign?
Renzi overestimated public support for himself and the reforms – and handed opponents a golden opportunity by conflating the two.
He said early on that he would resign in the event of a ‘No’ win, from which he has now back-tracked. His opponents took it as a challenge.
“Renzi has already lost a battle; the phase of ‘growing popularity’ has ended for him,” said Professor Luca Verzichelli, a political scientist from the University of Siena. Approval ratings for both Renzi and his party have declined, due to slow economic growth, high unemployment and a banking crisis as a result of EU governance.
“Now he will have to make bargains, whatever the result,” said Verzichelli. “And he will have to produce other, more substantial reforms (absolute priorities are labour, economy, infrastructure and immigration) to prove the capability of his government.”
Renzi also seemed to overestimate the general support for the constitutional changes, and has criticized Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party and Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement for “taking him for a ride” by opposing reforms after demanding them for years. In truth the other politicians read and follow the wishes of the people whereas he and his establishment are trying to enforce EU supremacy. Not rocket science.
But while the campaign has been a challenge for the prime minister, Verzichelli points out that he now has no choice but to gamble on his and the country’s future.
“Many of these mistakes – including his assertive style and tendency to snub other political leaders – are typical features of a ‘loner’, who counts only on his own resources” he explained. “A victory for ‘Yes’, even if it’s close, could give him new opportunities for revival.”
So what is the most likely outcome?
For the mass media it’s too close to call. Most opinion polls currently show a lead for the ‘No’ camp, which is at around 40 percent, with 37 percent in favour of ‘Yes’ and the remainder undecided. the hidden vote obviously cannot be counted.
Renzi said on Monday that he believed the “silent majority” backed him, but he has grown noticeably less confident of this in recent weeks as attested by his removal of EU flags.
“It remains to be seen the extent to which in the secret of the ballot booth Italians will be ready to start a governmental change, with the possibility of an early election even,” noted Franco Pavoncello, a political science professor and president of Rome’s John Cabot University.
However the HUGE elephant in the room is the migrant crisis yet no one mentions it?
With just under three weeks to go, is there anything to watch out for which could swing the vote?
“In my opinion, the only major development to affect the outcome would be a change of heart by Forza Italia, which at this time is not very likely,” said Pavoncello.
Another question is how many people will show up to make their voices heard.
Pavoncello says he expects a “strong participation” in the polls, as most Italians know that the vote is an “important milestone”.
However, Verzichelli had a different perspective. “My guess is that many voters will be confused as they cannot really assess the overall positive or negative effect of the reform, and will abstain.”
What happens if ‘No’ wins?
If the ‘No’ camp wins, it will be a huge blow for Renzi and his government, the Establishment and the EU.
He’d be faced with the decision of whether to honour his earlier pledge to step down, and either way, his party would be dramatically weakened. Following the BRexit referendum UK Prime Minister, David Cameron resigned, something he’d earlier said he wouldn’t do.
The group most likely to benefit is the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, founded by comedian Beppe Grillo, who eschews traditional media and is especially popular among younger voters. The Movement is currently Italy’s main opposition party, having achieved milestone victories in local elections earlier this year.
Pavoncello explained: “The possibility of a government change and early elections with a victory by the Five Star Movement cannot be ruled out. The new Mayor of Rome [Virginia Raggi] has not generated a lot of enthusiasm for the Five Star Movement, but the opposition to Renzi by large sectors of the population might turn out to be substantial.”
Few of its members have long-standing experience of politics, a factor which is one of the main reasons for their popularity as outsiders and anti Establishment.
Other than an early election, if Renzi resigns, President Sergio Mattarella may reject the resignation and give him a mandate to form a new government, or otherwise accept the resignation and give the mandate to another politician.
Is Italy’s future in the EU at stake?
Possibly. The reason that some commentators have likened the EU to BRexit is the possibility of the eurosceptic Five Star Movement coming into power. The party has long pledged to hold a referendum on the euro if it gets into power – however, as outlined above, even if ‘No’ wins, elections aren’t a certainty.
“Recently, Grillo and the rest of the Movement have been quite prudent on this front, and have stopped advocating for an immediate exit of Italy from the EU,” said Pavoncello.
Furthermore, there’s nothing to suggest that if such a referendum were held, the majority of Italians would vote in favour of an ‘Italexit’.
Pavoncello said that the BRexit vote actually strengthened Italy’s relationship with the EU; after the UK referendum, Grillo wrote a blog post about the need to reform the Union “from within”, adding that the Movement “believed in” the EU.
And how does all this tie in with the US elections and BRexit?
Renzi’s opponents and global media have been quick to draw links between BRexit, Donald Trump’s victory in the US elections, and the referendum – as they also introduced the notion of ‘anti-establishment’ votes.
Grillo called Trump’s election an “eff-off” to the established media and pollsters, while far-right Northern League Matteo Salvini tweeted his glee at Trump’s win, with the slogan ‘Ora tocca a noi’ (Now it’s our turn) linking the two very different votes.
While the US elections and BRexit vote show a growing tendency to vote against the status quo, in Italy, neither side is being characterised by the mass media as ‘extreme’ just yet.
To many Italians, Renzi represents the established political elite and for that reason he risks ‘protest votes’ against him, but he is trying paint himself as a radical reformer and thus is causing massive confusion in the referendum.
As an example of his deceitful spin, in a recent interview with Rai TV, he said that votes against the established system were “a given”, but added: “In the referendum, who is the established system? Those who are supporting (regional) politicians’ salaries and bureaucracy, or those asking for change?”.
The reality is Italian people will be giving away a huge slice of representation and he is trying to pretend that is a good thing? Rather save money by not paying EU and ECB extortion!