With the tragic death of the Cypriot yacht magnate in the Mumbai terrorists attacks, and the passing avail of Mr. Hadjioannou yesterday i am wondering if the drive of the people who survived the 30's has gone. Why were such men, so successful internationally? Why is the interest of new business domestic rather than international in scope? Have we seen the end of internationally recognised Cypriots?
Thursday, 18 December 2008
Monday, 15 December 2008
Ο Τάσσος όπως τον γνώρισα ως δημοσιογράφος by Dionisis Dionisiou – The best Summary of the life of TP
Ο ξεροκέφαλος Αχαιός έφυγε
Saturday, 13 December 2008
Only Anastasiades had the guts to tell it as it is - he mentioned the loss of an opposite point of view at a time of intense political negotiation, and praised his strong points. He did mention some of the things that made them political rivals and never pretended to be friends with Tassos.
There were also some legacies of TP that no one seemed to mention:
1) TP introduced the welfare system in Cyprus, including the Swedish model of tripartite national negotiation of wages. That is a great legacy to the smooth running of Cypriot manufacturing and tourism.
2) SEK is Tassos' child- using money donated by the Kennedy administration, Tassos built up SEK to counter the "communist influence" within the labour movement. Although this did introduce nepotism in government and hurt PEO, the establishment of SEK resulted to the trade union movement becoming mainstream and part of the pillars that underpinned the society of the new democracy.
3) Tassos was the president when we joined the EU and when we joined the Euro - but his fights for the Euro are not mentioned.
4) For better or worse he was instrumental in saying No to the annan plan - the only plan were Cypriots were asked for their fate. His active encouragement of no meant that he became a divisive personality that gave Cypriots intestine Love/Hate emotions. During his presidency the national consensus on the Cyprus problem shattered irrevocably.
Instead of all this the journalists, who were a bit too lazy , write high school style essays were the truth was buried in elephant droppings.
These are some of the lies i happen to remember now:
1) Tassos has an great friendly disposition with people and a generosity of spirit. NOW COME ON - He had a tremendous intellect but Tassos was not a friendly and communicative person. Many believe that his conflict with journalists during his premiership cost him the re-election. The wealth, Straka and his replies created a barrier between him and the average Cypriot.
2) TP was a leader of the young who respected and him and followed his lead in politics. In the last elections, Tassos came third because of the abnormally low % of young people voting for him. Tassos was an "old guard " politician, and had no connection to the new Cyprus. If he could attract as many young as the younger politicians he was facing then he would have been president until his death.
I don't expect all of you to agree - but you must admit this fair portrayal of TP does him more credit that the glossed over bullshit of the press.
Friday, 12 December 2008
Wednesday, 10 December 2008
Below is a will made in London. Note how much the sates from cyprus is treasured.
140. [bdle. I. 45] Margett Taylor. 13 . . . 1540. (fn. 15)
Jehus. I Margett Taylor, wyddow (fn. 16) . . . curatt then beying 12d., to Jhon Jonson, my hussbandes best gowne, George Yeman my hussbandes second best gowne, to Alys Y. . . satten of Cypress, to Jane Bele, a mattress, a bolster, a koverlett, . . . shettes, a payer off blanckettes, or els 20s. The resydew off my guddes I geve them to Ages Taylor, my hussbandes doughter, whom I ordeyne for my exequtryx: so that she be orderyd yn alle thynges by the gudd councell off Thomas Castell, and Jhon Austen. That ys affter my dyssease, my funeralles dyschargyd, then my guddes to be . . . and my dettes to be payyd by the sayd Thomas Castell and Jhon Augusten. And that the sayde Thomas and Jhon to pay my servantes wages; and see every man and woman [who] toke paynys wyth my hussbond and me yn tymys off ower syckness to be honestly rewardyd as there dyscretyon wyll serve, there owne paynys also substancya[lly] consydered. That Thomas Castell shold do whatt he wyllyd to doe yn all thynges for hyr hussbond and hyrs behalf as he thougt best wyth the assystens off Jhon Austen. And yff the above named Ages wolde refuse the honest order off these two honest men, I wyll that she shall have a portyon as ther dyscretyon wyll serve, and the resydew to be devydyd amongst my fryndes. Wyttnesses Wyllyam Balfford, curatt, Peter Peterson and Thomas Curson, Thomas Rutter, Roberd Nycollson.