What if….?

I was thinking about the protracted “Peace Talks.” Is that not a misnomer? There has been peace for 36 years. OK then, “Reunification Talks.” Many highly paid politicians and diplomats have been involved in god knows how many sessions of, “Peace/Reunion” Talks. The messages coming from these meetings are, sporadic, (if at all) and extremely diplomatic. It’s almost like “Yes Minister.” The missives are so vague that your version of what has been decided could be correct however you construe the news.

However, being a little cynical, I think I see a darker motive here. All, I think, can agree that the Cypriot economy is not in a healthy state, whether we are talking north or south. Unemployment is increasing and the number of available jobs dwindling. The North has its problems with nepotism and favouritism in the State sector. For example, I have never seen such over manning, as in our local council; 12 men cutting grass on the roadside and sweeping the main road then a bit further along the same council has 8 men digging ditches. Doubtless they’ll be painting the kerbstones black and white again in the summer. I’m sure the situation in the south has its parallels.

The need for a job is a pretty serious consideration in hard times. The construction industry has gone belly up. The Anatolian builders have been left in the lurch. The furniture shops are not employing through lack of demand and so it goes on down all the line.

Is it not a distinct possibility, given the mentality of the island that the settlement talks are designed to be just that, talks? A never ending progression of meetings that go nowhere, give no material information and ensure the incumbents have a job at least until retirement if not for life. Apparently politicians define an unacceptable level of unemployment as one in which they lose their job. Makes me think what if they aren’t working for reunion but instead are just trying to avoid a situation where they are out of a job?

What if….?

I was thinking about the protracted “Peace Talks.” Is that not a misnomer? There has been peace for 36 years. OK then, “Reunification Talks.” Many highly paid politicians and diplomats have been involved in god knows how many sessions of, “Peace/Reunion” Talks. The messages coming from these meetings are, sporadic, (if at all) and extremely diplomatic. It’s almost like “Yes Minister.” The missives are so vague that your version of what has been decided could be correct however you construe the news.

However, being a little cynical, I think I see a darker motive here. All, I think, can agree that the Cypriot economy is not in a healthy state, whether we are talking north or south. Unemployment is increasing and the number of available jobs dwindling. The North has its problems with nepotism and favouritism in the State sector. For example, I have never seen such over manning, as in our local council; 12 men cutting grass on the roadside and sweeping the main road then a bit further along the same council has 8 men digging ditches. Doubtless they’ll be painting the kerbstones black and white again in the summer. I’m sure the situation in the south has its parallels.

The need for a job is a pretty serious consideration in hard times. The construction industry has gone belly up. The Anatolian builders have been left in the lurch. The furniture shops are not employing through lack of demand and so it goes on down all the line.

Is it not a distinct possibility, given the mentality of the island that the settlement talks are designed to be just that, talks? A never ending progression of meetings that go nowhere, give no material information and ensure the incumbents have a job at least until retirement if not for life. Apparently politicians define an unacceptable level of unemployment as one in which they lose their job. Makes me think what if they aren’t working for reunion but instead are just trying to avoid a situation where they are out of a job?

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