Akfinans Bank | “I mentioned it once, but I think I got away with it…” – Fawlty Towers

Akfinans Bank | "I mentioned it once, but I think I got away with it..." - Fawlty TowersThe evil that men do is a quotation from Act 3, scene two of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare.  (Mark Antony:  “The evil that men do lives after them;  the good is oft interred with their bones”]   For those of us who did Shakespeare as part of our English Literature courses, we will remember this well.

However, the passage of time has not changed human nature one iota, and evil men still do evil things to the unsuspecting.  A better example could not be found than that of the evil now prevailing in the property market in North and indeed in South Cyprus.

The corrupt developers, the evil landowners and the inept banks who chose to ignore ethical practice and grant mortgages on properties/land that had already been sold is the stuff of novels and the standards by which history will judge this little island for years to come.   Cypriots of both Turkish and Greek descent will look back and say “did the Governments of the day really allow that to happen?”  The answer for those living through this is yes, it is happening here and now and no one seems to care.

Other authors have used this well known line from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar as titles for their books.  In a 1904 novel by M.P. Shiel and in a 1969 book by John Brunner.   I like the idea of the work of non fiction which was co authored by a retired FBI profiler Roy Hazelwood. Now this man must have seen ‘evil’ up close and personal.  If it were not so serious I could find the idea the series Buffy the Vampire Slayer is based on the original novel bearing the title ‘The Evil That Men Do” (Buffy Novel) as almost funny, but oh so prophetic, the leeches in Cyprus are truly reminiscent of blood sucking vampires.

Evil appears to be going unchallenged in Cyprus.  Now it seems that not only is it to be unchallenged, it must also be unmentioned.   Reading of the recent Libel Writ being served on Pauline Read by a Bank makes my blood run cold.  Is there anything they will not do?  Are victims supposed to lie down and play dead, frightened to mention what is happening to them publicly?  How can this be happening in the 21st century? How can their Human Rights be ignored?

If the victims wish to complain and if their complaints only reflect the truth of the situation, how can that be wrong?  How can that be suppressed?

This takes me back to the beginning.  The evil men that men do and are doing in Cyprus is wrong, of that there is no doubt, but all it takes for that evil to flourish, is for good men and women to do nothing.   Sadly it seems, too many good men and women are frighten and intimidated by those in power, they do nothing.  That is the real tragedy.

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