Politics divides, politics kills, and politics hides all the things we will never know but have been decided on our behalf behind closed doors. More than anything politics is such a painful business not only to be in but also to observe and bear witness to. During my life time I have heard lies made into myths with almost legendary status. I have seen missiles that never arrived, people shot and killed on flag poles and in fields live on TV and yet their slayers still walk free, espousing even more hateful speeches and actions. Thus when a politician or political party changes their tune overnight I stand to attention.

Simultaneous to my cynicism to most politicians having the ability to travel the world, meet people and see how things are done or not done elsewhere, makes me at least from a philosophical sense be more enlightened. On a recent trip to conference in Durban South Africa I heard former Chief of Justice Albie Sachs speak and felt an illuminating sense of awareness emanating from every vowel, every word and image he portrayed. It’s that vision that most of our politicians lack. They are in the main only concerned with one thing and that is power – the seat – the victory for the presidential palace.

Take Nicos Anastasiades and the party he leads, DiSY as a prime example. The party that brought those illusive missiles I mentioned earlier that never came. The same party who decided to vote ‘yes’ in 2004 but the vast majority of their supporters voted ‘No’. For the last 18 months they have been the formal opposition to President Dimitris Christofias. He has also had internal opposition from EDEK and DiKO, the former having now exited from government the other remaining albeit still with hints of departure. Anastasiades has in his own words developed a policy of ‘constructive criticism’ which in the main has been baffling many of us but there you go, now that he has come  out openly against Christofias policy on Cyprus there is nothing to be confused about any more. Perhaps that in itself is a miniscule issue. What is more worrying is the timing for all this. Anastasiades may hide behind ‘elections’ and their outcome in the ‘north’ but in reality there is far more to his change of tune than a looming deadlock in the peace talks.

Anastasiades in a nutshell wants to be President. He also wants his party to win the next Parliamentary Elections. These two things will happen in 2012 and 2011 respectively. It is no coincidence that a few weeks ago Christofias announced rather bravely that if there was no solution to the Cyprus Problem he would not be standing again. In my interpretation of this scenario the President was simply saying I am in power on a pro-solution ticket and if I fail, I will stand down. Now that in itself is a very humble and honest approach. It seems however since this happened Anastasiades and DiSY have flicked the script and gone into full speed ahead pre-election mode. All of a sudden Christofias policy on Cyprus was deemed a failure.  Soon the centre-right party will start to flirt with other smaller parties like EDEK for a new power sharing alliance. Greek Cypriots are not alone in this of course. Turkish Cypriots face even worse scenarios. Mehmet Ali Talat elected on a pro-solution ticket has not delivered and Dervis Eroglou his nationalist opponent wants to go back to the drawing board and start the talks all over again with a divisive and different agenda. In doing this Eroglou should just come out of the closet, oppose all UN Resolutions on Cyprus and negotiate on his own for the establishment of a con-federal partitioned Cyprus.

It does often surprise me that all of these scenarios, players, shakers and movers could not simply share a vision, sit down and work it all out. So instead of selling to their respective herds of political sheep the same worn out brand of ideological feed every election time, they could all come to a constructive agreement to solve the once and for all unsolvable Cyprus Problem. As one generation passes and outgrows another, we all end up becoming like a distant echo of the past resonating in the present. “There will be no army when you grow up” or so I was told when I was about 14…The sad thing is I told my son the same thing on his 12th birthday….Mean time Mr. Anastasiades can scheme to become president and Mr. Eroglou has apparently planned the wall paper changes in the ‘pseudo’ Palace.

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