Why making water private? A cry from Italy
Today, 18 November, the Italian Government has placed vote of confidence on water privatization in Italy.
To whom of you who don't know our habit, in Italy the vote of confidence is often used to force hands of Parliament on specific themes. "To save time", it is so often said.
This was one of the cases.
The question I pose, as a little stupid person, is: why? Sure, "profit" for few multinationals and people.
But also, why?
Privatization of essential services has often been presented as an efficient way to make these services better, thanks to market. Would market really self-regulate for the best...
As a matter of fact, some of the privatizations attempted in Italy have already resulted in catastrophic failures for normal people. Like railways, air transport, telecommunications.
Privatizing without rules just triggers more inefficiency, I see.
And besides, is a spoliation.
An act of war to the weak people.
There are signs of resistance, however, so hope is still alive. Many people are exerting pressure, the way they can, by signing petitions.
We'll see. Let's hope, if possible.
I also wonder how may we do for better. In a large part, what's happening exemplifies the current way of doing politics in Italy: decisions already taken imposed, often irrational if not overtly crazy, and no real discussion. A lot of noisy, aggressive and pointless quarreling, however.
And while people seems to fight so hard, water is privatized, and another slice of our rights has gone.
For all of us, I strongly affirm water should be restored as a human right, not just a fundamental need.
It would count.
For all of us so incredibly lucky to discuss of a small problem like water privatization, as well for the many more of us who just don't have access to.
(and sad - World, please forgive us for being so insensitive and stupid)