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You have only one right...

 


 

The conclusion of the Pignone story, as positive as it was (and, indeed, perhaps precisely because of this) was followed by bitter controversy in the newspapers with the most conservative part of Confindustria and the newspapers it supported. This led to the withdrawal of Liberal Party support for La Pira's administration. The pretext was the granting - something that was repeated for years- of the Cascine Park for the Festa dell'Unità.

In September, the Mayor delivered a speech to the Council in which he strongly defended his administration's policies: he laid claim to the twelve thousand million lira in investments procured by me and my strong and effective defence of the industrial system, confirmed his action in favour of those who had been evicted (in a city community which is not brutal but human, is it possible to ignore such a dramatic and urgent problem, that must be resolved without delay? ) He spoke of the municipalisation of sanitation services, the appointment of the Superintendent of the Teatro Comunale etc…

But mainly he spoke of the rights and duties of the Mayor:

... I declare this to you with fraternal but decisive firmness: you have only one right in my regard: to deny me your confidence! 

But you have no right to tell me: Mr. Mayor is not interested in those poor creatures who are out of work (laid off or unemployed), homeless (evicted), without social assistance (the old, the sick, children, etc.)… 

This is my fundamental duty: a duty that does not discriminate ....