Sunday, 3 February 2008

Election Fatigue

Like most people, I'm getting a little bit tired of all the Presidential Election stuff. It seems to have been going on now forever, and in recent weeks it's not been possible to avoid it.

We manage to avoid this kind of pain in the UK, because election terms aren't fixed, so you tend to get a few weeks notice. Everyone turns off their TVs and stops buying newspapers, and in next to no time they've decided which of the loonies is going to run the asylum and we all get back to our daily lives.

It's different when you have these fixed presidential terms. They can start planning, commenting, speculating, years in advance. Not being a political person, I've avoid letting all this pollute my blog, but I thought I should have a go at this pundit thing.

Commenting about another country's politics is a dangerous business. I could offend someone. With that aim in mind, I thought I'd give my worthless opinion on a topic that I don't really know that much about. It's always far easier to come up with crude generalisations from a state of ignorance.

So, here goes:

Brian's Guide to the Presidential Race

I wanted to start by giving my prediction for who will win, but I forgot to ask Jean Knee. The main contenders are pretty much level pegging in the polls, and I couldn't find a swingometer in any of the DIY stores.



The Middle Ground


Name: Tassos Papadopoulos.
Current occupation: President of Cyprus.
Details: Okay, it's true that he's had five years and hasn't solved the Cyprus Problem, but re-elect him and he will this time. Supports a bizonal, bi-ethnic federation. Unlike the other candidates, his solution won't lead to the island being divided.

The Worker's Friend



Name: Dimitris Christofias
Current Occupation: President of the Cyprus Parliament
Details: Former ally of Tassos, he's appalled at the mismanagement and broken promises of the last five years. And he's not responsible for any of it. Supports a bizonal, bi-ethnic federation. Unlike the other candidates, his solution won't lead to the island being divided. Oh, and don't mention the word "Communist", Comrade.

The European


Name: Ioannis Kasoulides
Current Occupation: Euro-MP
Details: Was foreign minister in a previous government. Centre right candidate. A former doctor, he recently interrupted a speech to administer first aid to one of the audience. Supports a bizonal, bi-ethnic federation. Unlike the other candidates, his solution won't lead to the island being divided.

The Others

There are several other candidates, including a guy in a tracksuit and a bandana, that unfortunately I couldn't find a picture of. There's also a candidate using the "Guinness Book of Records" logo as his official symbol. Apparently he's allowed to because he's named in the book. I'm not sure what he did, but it's not going to get him elected. All these others account for a couple of percent in the polls.

Good News

There's lots of good news. All the candidates are going to solve the Cyprus Problem, and their solution is the best.

But the really good news is that it'll all be over in a few weeks - the first round is Feb 17, and the second Feb 24. Unlike in America where there's almost a year to go.

8 comments:

Dan said...

What the hell is going on in Cyprus?
The DR. doing CPR was a total fake.
Dan

Bee said...

I vote for Dimitris Christofias
Current Occupation: President of the Cyprus Parliament because he "supports a bizonal, bi-ethnic federation. Unlike the other candidates, his solution won't lead to the island being divided."

Yup, we have a whole year for people knocking at ours doors, bothering us at malls, via phone, TV, Newspapers, radio, Internet... you know what? I'm going to bury my head in the sand and hide like an ostrich.

Brian o Vretanos said...

Dan:

The northern 1/3rd or so of the island has been occupied by Turkey since 1974, with most of the majority Greek Cypriots having to live in the South, and the Turkish Cypriots in the North. The Cyprus Problem is what to do about changing this in a way that will satisfy everyone concerned.

Bee:

I knew you'd vote for DC, and I know the real reason - it's his hair style, isn't it?

Jean Knee said...

uhhm, how will a bizonal, bi-ethnic federation not divide the island exactly??


I'm still bitter about losing our country's civil war. The South rocks, Brian

that dudes hair looks like a rug

Tracy said...

I would go for the guy in a bandana and a track suit.
I personally am so sick of the politics here. We get calls atleast once a week to answer a political survey and the questions have absolutely nothing to do with politics.
I've decided to vote for whomever calls our house the least amount of times.

Bee said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRIAN!!!

Brian o Vretanos said...

Jean Knee:

Apparently it doesn't divide the country if only you define the terms in the right way. I think "bi-ethnic" was probably a mistranslation, should be "bi-community" or something.

I'm sorry you lost your war.

Tracy:

That's a good voting strategy. If only everyone did that.

Brian o Vretanos said...

Bee:

Thankyou!