On the party topping (37%) the polls in Italy, 's League: 'before it was fervently Catholic, it staged elaborate rituals to honour the river that crosses the peninsula’s northern plain, the Po [which was even temporarily deified]'
In effect, here I borrow 's 'multi-party kleptocracy' argument to explain Salvini's League:
The League is a status-quo party, not an anti-establishment one, I argue here for
"The only constants are the scapegoating and its relentless effort to cast itself as at one with the man in the street" |
Matteo Salvini's League uses anti-immigrant rhetoric as a distraction |
Rather than being anti-establishment, they're very much part of the status quo |
How Salvini inherited a party in ruins and turned their fortunes around |
Italy's League relentlessly casts itself as at one with the man in the street – it is anything but, says
. charts the rise of Matteo Salvini’s League
In Italy, xenophobia is more readily turning from rhetoric into deeds |
Is the League just like the rest of the populist Right throughout Europe? | explains why it's not
"The League is now the main – though not the sole – guarantor of Italy’s equilibrium" -