We were planning another meeting at the Catalkoy villa today, but that was cancelled late this morning, so we missed church. Nice excuse for a leisurely English breakfast for once which of course means no eating again until tonight. So I have a chance to read the weekend Cyprus Today and let you know the bits I find interesting.
Petrol prices went down by 5 kurus yesterday, (about 1.4 pence) per litre, but according to a former Finance Minister, not enough, the reduction should have been at least an additional 25 kurus. Critics say fuel prices should be slashed in line with the global fall in petroleum prices. The government are suggesting that there may be further cuts in the coming weeks. Oh yes, speaking of fuel prices, I had said I would put pics of my new car on the site, so here goes. At least we are getting greater economy from this car.
There is still a strong possibility of strike action by air traffic controllers over Christmas and New Year. This would of course be disastrous for hotels and the travel industry. Many parties are urging the government to take action and talk positively to the union in question. The union is saying that they will strike because of, long working hours, poor working conditions and the need to improve safety and hygiene within the building.
Increasing levels of discontent are pointing to the possibility of another early general election. One day we will have a government that goes the full term and maybe has the courage to make some strong decisions, even if not always favoured by the people. Maybe we need a Maggie here as the many, many unions have too much power.
A big central page article asking the question “Where did it all go wrong”. This of course refers to the Cyprus peace process. Cyprus is at war. A propaganda war. Tensions are high following the Greek Cypriot withdrawal from the talks, the two sides are trading blows, leaving the future of the peace process in the balance. The Turkish Cypriots are demanding an immediate resumption of the talks and say that the latest action just proves the insincerity of the Greek Cypriots, whilst the Greek Cypriots are attempting to wheel out the big guns, by lobbying the EU to impose political and economic sanctions on Turkey and there are ecven demands for the South to close the border crossings with he TRNC. A never ending saga.