The new Eurosceptic, anti-establishment, anti-mass migration coalition in Italy between Matteo Salvini’s Lega and Luigi Di Maio’s Five Star Movement is driving the mainstream media mad.
Their governing agreement will include tax cuts with a simplified system and a monthly guaranteed income for the poorest, as well as a clear ambition to begin large scale deportations of illegal migrants. Their original agreement also included a mechanism to exit the Euro, since removed, but scepticism towards the single currency will remain.
Since the election back in March the popularity of the two forces, particularly Lega, has increased. One poll now has them in the mid-20s, with both parties polling a combined 58%.
Italy, Ipsos poll:
M5S-EFDD: 33% (-1)
LEGA-ENF: 25% (+4)
FI-EPP: 12% (-1)
FdI-*: 3% (-1)
LeU-S&D: 2% (-1)
Field work: 16/05/18 – 17/05/18
Sample size: 1,000
— Europe Elects (@EuropeElects) May 21, 2018
What’s interesting though is the totally over-the-top, somewhat unhinged reaction from the mainstream media.
The Financial Times described the Salvini and Di Maio as “modern barbarians”.
— Alessandra Bocchi (@alessabocchi) May 18, 2018
Whilst the AFP opted for the lazy catch-all “far-right government”.
A new far- right government in Italy makes the prospects for migrants reaching there from Libya look even dimmer and raises the spectre of mass expulsions https://t.co/bwuqMdcUwx pic.twitter.com/kw6Ek5xSrf
— AFP news agency (@AFP) May 21, 2018
When will the mainstream media wake up to the fact that the game has changed? Open border, pro-EU, status quo forces have failed to deliver for the people. Joining the Euro has been a complete disaster for Italians.
This basically means that most Italians are poorer today than when they joined the Eurozone nearly 20 years ago
— Matthew Goodwin (@GoodwinMJ) May 20, 2018
Rather than lazy mud-slinging, will the media adapt to these new rising forces or simply become increasingly irrelevant?