twelve o’clock, 23 March 2021 – 07:50

of Enzo d’Errico

Pu seem superfluous to say, but better not to give rise to doubts: the hope of these weeks that as many people as possible will be vaccinated as quickly as possible. Therefore, if the procedures that give priority to the most fragile are followed, each injected vial represents good news. It is not good news, however, to discover that in Palazzo Santa Lucia there are those who, taking advantage of their role, have bypassed a line still made up of over eighty, disabled and seriously ill, forced into a bed by their pathologies. Nothing illegitimate, mind you. At least at first glance. The provisions put in place by the Region provided, in fact, that all the components of the Crisis Unit were vaccinated. And so it was. We are talking about an elastic group of people (someone enters, someone else leaves) who, theoretically, at the forefront of the war against Covid: pass, obviously, those engaged in hospitals or local health authorities who, by the very nature of their duties, are more exposed to the risk of contagion. But why vaccinate those who, including senior managers and officials, work in the shelter of an office?

PWhy transform an institutional role – paid (very well) with taxpayers’ money – into a position of privilege from which to have access to something that, even today, is not bestowed on many of those who would be more entitled to it? Let’s put ourselves in the shoes of someone who has an autistic child or a mother nailed to a bed and still does not know when they will receive their dose: what can they think knowing that, in the rooms closest to the governor’s, many have taken care to put to save themselves before others? They say that the Schettino syndrome has spread without restraint, also affecting prominent figures in the president’s staff. Some argue that it even hit some regional councilors. Of course, not everyone has the moral temper and sense of the state that President Mattarella has shown, waiting for his turn like any other citizen. And it is true that the decision to vaccinate the Crisis Unit was also taken in other regions (not all). But what does this have to do with it? De Luca boasted right and left that he had perfectly organized the massive intervention plan and he must be acknowledged that many things worked. A fortiori, however, it is not clear why he in the first place, and later many of his main collaborators, succumbed to the temptation to use his function as a shortcut to escape the virus. Or perhaps you understand if you add up all the addenda of an administrative involution increasingly marked by autocracy. What happened, in fact, does not fall within the category of crimes: on the contrary, as we have already pointed out, it appears entirely legitimate in the light of the regional provisions. What is striking is the absence of an institutional style, the arrogance and arrogance with which one now commands instead of governing, the improntitude with which it is believed that one does not have to answer citizens for one’s acts, the lack of any decorum in the exercise of public offices. Well, in this case, the League did that, with a question from Gianpiero Zinzi, invoked maximum transparency on the whole affair. It is hoped that the new Democratic Party, led at national level by Enrico Letta, will ask as soon as possible to clarify what happened on the upper floors of the Region: it would be an excellent way to demonstrate that the wind has really changed direction. I do not cultivate excessive illusions, on the contrary, about a possible response from Palazzo Santa Lucia. Partly for the reasons described above and partly because the clues lead in the opposite direction. Those who choose to have people convicted in the first instance for serious crimes that clash with their functions and (according to some) even with the Severino law (see article 3 paragraph C on the non-transferability of offices in case of conviction, even in the first degree, for crimes against the public administration), will hardly decide to offer explanations to the thousands of people who, despite having the right, are still waiting to receive the vaccine today. At best, it shields itself behind the right to privacy. Forgetting, however, that a regional manager or official paid with taxpayers’ money – and even more a regional president who has to spend that money for the common good – is not just any citizen but called to account for his actions every day. Especially when the lives of thousands and thousands of people are at stake. For which the vaccine still remains a mirage.

March 23, 2021 | 07:50

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