Politics v Public Poverty

Cyprus Ministers - hungry? Send dietary requirements on a postcard to the 'charitable feed people'!

Dear Reader – Tom Dyer, Co-Editor here, with an important public announcement. In editing this article, I have decided it appropriate for the purpose of “satire” to insert a short and particularly cutting political commentary, which may express my personal views on a public political figure, along with my impressions of the political system and the approach some politicians take to the press.

I must stress, the observation is made entirely on the basis of it being generally applicable, and in no way should any reader make the mistake of associating my comment to be applicable with relation to any individual, at least no individual living.

The dead cannot sue for libel or slander!

Political parties ‘always’ leave ‘the people’ in poverty.

Simple evaluation.

Governments, officials, leaders – upon which taxpayers pay their exorbitant salaries and pensions will always focus on the fundamentals of ‘greed’.

With all the false promises in Cyprus and worldwide, poverty has been imposed on the people by their brainwashed decisions that have struck CV-19 economic reality.

The ‘go back to work’ philosophy – great plan, where’s the customers?

Queues at the Social Services offices in Cyprus (100 long) remain in a plea for financial assistance from their contributions. And where is all the ‘fine’ fund? Are the police eating better? Where is the EU economy crisis CV-19 budget gone?

Finance Minister Constantinos Petrides

Finance Minister Constantinos Petrides in a press statement quotes:

“In the end, the government was left with no choice but to withdraw its bill on state guarantees on bank loans because it had been amended beyond recognition by the opposition parties, playing their favourite game of mindless populism, regardless of its consequences. It was these same political parties that rejected the first bailout proposal by the Eurogroup in 2013 which led to the much worse second proposal, so they do not exactly have the credentials for making decisions in times of economic crisis.”

This quote is the Finance Minister Constantinos Petrides, in his statement displaying the uniquely Cypriot approach to ensuring that the necessary funds for economic recovery get to the people and businesses who really need it (promises, delay, excuses, delay, excuses, blame someone else and then do nothing).

(Here is the bit I warned you of)

My opinion, for those who don’t understand Cypriot politics, but who might be thinking to themselves that Cyprus is an ideal place to invest their money in a business (given the highly educated workforce, good time zone and “English” legal system) is to remember that it comes with the proviso that any government assurance which one might rely on follows the following pattern over the short to medium term:

“we will, we really will, I promise we will, and we are a country of the EU and of law and order so we will, and if you don’t believe us you must remember we’ve promised this to the EU as well and they’ve said they’ll help so no matter what, it will work. We are doing it now! Just be patient! Oh no, my dear my friends and countrymen, you would not believe this unless I told you what I have just discovered. It is shocking but many of the other elected representatives in Cyprus have agendas, I have no agenda, so you must understand me, we’re all in it together, and I am doing what I promised, but because my agenda (sorry, I don’t have one) and their agendas all differ I think it’s best if I walk away from the table and do nothing! Nobody will notice anyway… Oh, a journalist wrote to me… um right now I have a little headache … just accept my word for it when I tell you that it’s all someone else’s fault. Remember this, we’re all in it together, right? I am so, so, sorry, because I know I said I would do something but now I can’t, so you can’t blame me. Oh, and please don’t think about asking if the EU promised funds have been paid because it’s not a very nice question to ask a very busy man, and in Cyprus, we don’t like to explain what we’ve done, and there is no way that anyone could go and look up any document written by the EU civil service which might say what we promised, and what we got”.

Obviously nobody has said anything like the above (that much candour would be entirely unbecoming of a Cypriot political figure).

We mean no disrespect and certainly are not questioning his personal intention, honesty, integrity or casting any doubts about the EU’s money at all, but… the takeaway here is he can’t get the other elected officials on board, and so rather than try, it’s better to pull this critical legislation for the recovery of the nation… but it’s OK, because the people most affected by this, the Russians, Israeli’s, Chinese and all the rest of the rabble from around the world, who invest in the country, set up their businesses, create many of the jobs either don’t get a vote or don’t have anyone who they could vote for who represents their interests.

Bored of the same statements?

It was high time President Anastasiades finally applied the brakes on the auditor-general Odysseas Michaelides who has been constantly overstepping the bounds of his constitutional powers, acting like he is the supreme authority of the land, entitled to issue his missives on whatever matter takes his fancy. ‘Speaking the truth’?

In an interview, published in Politis, Anastasiades said he would not satisfy the demand of the opposition parties for Michaelides to sit on the committee that approves the bank loans guaranteed by the state.

Back to the real victims of promise: Social Insurance/Business Loans.

While Cyprus gives itself a pat on the back:


Let’s hear from the real people….



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