September 24, 2006

Make Way for the Kid

TeePee's son, Nicholas Papadopoulos, wrote a letter to the press protesting Nick Anastasiades’ jibe of "[refusing] to respond to a man his age". Nick A is another of those politicians that unfortunately cannot really be trusted, maybe he is too good at what he does. He, like TeePee, also suffers from the inability to curb his natural instinct, which is to avoid saying anything of substance by making sarcastic comments about an opponent.

Sarcasm is a trait that he could probably do without, but perhaps this suggestion comes a bit late in the day. Maybe he should switch, like Kykkou Nikiforos, and dye his hair white rather than black. It might give him a more senatorial look.

But I digress. What actually amazes me is young Nicholas' audacity to write a letter entitled “Topo sta Niata” (Make way for youth). The letter was addressed to Nick Anastasiades, but the audacity of the letter is again amazing. This is the son of a guy who will run for another 5 years at age 74. Are we to assume that this youngster knows something we don’t?

Or maybe he should consult his father before he fires off another opinion in the general direction of the press.

originally posted by Apodimos Kypreos


Blogger stravoxylo said...

I see young Nicolas has succeeded in what Cypriot politicians do best - divert the discussion from the issue at hand and start an inconsequential piss contest.

The issue at hand is Tassos Papadopoulos' contribution to the freedom of the press in Cyprus. Not who is young, who isn't and whether the young are oppressed or not.

The best response I can think of is any excerpt of "Deukalion's" polemics in "The Clarion Call" in the '50's, calling for the summary execution of AKEL's leadership and supporters on the basis of "whoever doesn't agree with our actions is our enemy". They were re-published as a collection in a book in 1999, with a foreword by the President, describing his own fascist outbursts as a heritage worthy of being presented as an example of free thinking to the generations to come.

An excerpt from those, and from the foreword, should convince anyone of the President's past - and present - views on freedom of speech in general.

I wish I had the book handy.

25 September, 2006 18:28  
Blogger apodimos Kypreos said...

I agree about the diversion tactics...

But asking for youth to take over is potentially more embarassing than the original attempt to gag the press. The latter is expected in TP's democratic mind and tradition, the former though is potentially more dangerous and unexpected. Both for the older guy, and the younger one. The whole family, if you like....

Unfortunately people will not be willing to listen until 2013, and most of the damage is done already.

25 September, 2006 22:50  
Blogger michaella said...

God bless our Papadopoulaki. After all he is the only Cypriot “politician” who actually tried to convince the public of Cyprus in a talkshow that the fact that we have only 80% of the European GAP means that 80% of European Union’s GAP is produced by the glorious citizens of Stravaraland!

27 September, 2006 03:12  
Anonymous m said...

?? GDP?

27 September, 2006 13:03  
Blogger michaella said...

enne gross annual product? vasika en kamno tin eidimona se oikonomika themata, alla xero oti ne fkaloume to 80% tis evropaikis enosis stin kipro!

27 September, 2006 15:06  
Anonymous m said...

i know it as GDP = gross domestic product... and GNP is gross national product... isn't a GAP a hole? :P I know it's besides the point, simply being anal.

27 September, 2006 20:05  

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