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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 27 February 2016
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 27 FEBRUARY 2016 23 OPINION OPINION NIKOS KONSTANDARAS Our Big Bang and what lies beyond The drama we are living through in Greece results from the collision of two massive forces - the inertia that gave birth to the crisis and the absence of policy when the crisis hit. Problems accumulated for so many years that we came to believe that living with danger was natural, we felt immune to it, at home in its presence. At the moment of collision, neither our partners in the European Union nor we knew what to do. And so we mutely accepted their demands and then failed to implement much LETTERS Australia became vulnerable We are weak citizens that have allowed Australia to become vulnerable to possibilities of another recession or depression. It happened in the past when we allowed egotistical politicians to undo the economy and the lives of people almost overnight, because we could not be bothered as individuals to say no to silly policies. Thinking is hard work. We really do have the politicians and public service we deserve. Many times over we’ve seen the public service refuse to obey the legal directions of parliament and we have stood back and said nothing. The silence of citizens and the media in the circumstances was incredible. The public service has now been whittled down to a chain of very expensive consultants who re-write the same report and advice of five years earlier, but nobody is there to remember. No planning is done for anything more than two years ahead. Nothing is planned to be done unless circumstances force a decision. The most popular politician is the one who promises not to do anything or make decisions; as the citizens only have problems with action. Australians’ support for anything does not take logic into account. Sooner or later we have to adopt less expensive ways to support people who are sick or cannot create a job for themselves. The extraordinary amount of money that is spend on old people to give them a few years more life cannot be justified when the illness is caused by the lifestyle they adopt. We need to show people bad health actions have economic implications. The adoption of a bad lifestyle and the consequences requires the cost to be transferred to the offending person; not to a young man or woman working hard to put bread on the table and pay rent. We have a critical shortage of skilled workers that has needed the importation of many people with brown faces to save us from ourselves, because we cannot teach our children reading, writing and maths. We don’t want our children to get their hands dirty either, and hide that fact by saying Australia is now a multicultural country with a service economy. We really do not want your brown faces; we only want your skills and your tax paying abilities. The service industry has many people on starvation wages with the need for government handouts to stop more children going hungry. The climate change zealots have stopped the adoption of new technology by forcing governments to waste vast amounts of money on 50-year-old technology instead of using money for research here in Australia and overseas to find real answers. The quickest and cheapest way to do something for the planet was not about filling the pockets of a few people with taxes imposed on the poorest people. Thousands have died waiting for medical treatment because the money was wasted on brown-faced invaders and playing games with them instead of putting them on a barge and sending back where they came from. The people with abilities got a visa from the USA and Germany a long time ago. We have millions of useless unskilled people already - we do not need any more. Brexit A. Romios Victoria When democracy functions well in a civilised society … and where people respect the rights and opinion of others, it can never go wrong. I am referring to a mature British democracy where the government has offered British citizens the right to a historic referendum on 23 June. The people will decide what's in the interest of Britain - whether to remain ‘IN’ or get ‘OUT’ of the EU. It prescribes that important constitutional and sovereignty decisions are not left to a cabal of temporary politicians. The British PM kept his election promise and did the honorable thing to name the day of the referendum. What is amazing, a number of his cabinet minsters publicly declared their stand to leave the EU without the fear of political of what we agreed to. The results show that neither the bailout program nor our implementation of it has been a success. Who is to blame and why is it not our main problem now. Events developed in a way which showed that the road to disintegration was probably unavoidable. The bailout, with its austerity and reform, caused the fragmentation of the political centre to the benefit of the extremes. After this, the questioning of our country's membership first of the eurozone and then of the Schengen area, the impromptu borders thrown up internally by protesting farmers, capital controls and the collapse of the stock market, are all parts of the same process. Because we did not do anything to prevent what happened, because our country remains dependant on others' policies, we are unable to predict what is to come. We cannot know whether we are living our version of ‘creative destruction’. Will the pieces of our economy, our political system, our society come together again in a way that is more stable and more just? Or is our race toward disintegration unstop- pable? SYRIZA's story highlights the dangers we face: The party benefited from the centre falling apart and today is in power, but the country's problems are too great for the ruling coalition to handle. SYRIZA alone is not to blame - the long crisis and recession have dealt a heavy blow to the country - but it is to blame for not setting itself any target other than to represent the wish for a return to the years of inertia. Now we are experiencing the consequences of the vain attempt to revive the failed model of past years. Some are enraged because SYRIZA did not deliver what it promised, as if they are not responsible adults who should have had a grip on reality before voting; most, however, are in despair, because they do not see how we will move on from where we are, they know that the sacrifices will not stop and will be in vain. And the government, even as it freezes in the face of major problems, persists with policy obsessions in other spheres - such as education. This mix of helplessness and arrogance leads to more and more mistakes, hinders the possibility of opposition parties offering support on important issues and prevents a correction to our course. The questions are many: Where does this collapse stop? What will be left for us to start our reconstruction with? What will Europe look like in a couple of years, now that it, too, is in the throes of a dangerous adventure? What will be our place in it? Which banks and which investors will support development? Which citizens and which political forces will place the country's interests above their own? Source: Kathimerini Email your letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org repercussions by the party hierarchy - that's political maturity. It is now up to the two opposing camps to debate the issue publicly and then let the people decide. A well-informed citizen would ultimately make a well-informed decision. This is what direct democracy and transparency is all about - freedom of information. An untouchable political elite in Cyprus operates in the opposite way; one of elected dictatorship. In fact, the current president and his party have not kept one single election promise made to the electorate. They get away with it, because citizens continually fail to hold them responsible for disloyalty - that's political immaturity. Today, the nation is faced with a constitutional quandary of biblical proportions, where citizens are kept in the dark about the Bi-zonal, Bicommunal Federation (BBF) negotiations; negotiations that aim to partition the island. If the current pro-EU government and its allies get their way, a BBF referendum may Have Your Say LAST WEEK’S QUESTION: Do you think Australia is going overboard with its lockout laws in order to fight high crime rates? 35% YES 65% NO THIS WEEK’S QUESTION: Do you think vaccinations against measles and other viruses should be made mandatory? Yes/No Vote online now. 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By submitting your letter to us for publication you agree that we may edit the letter for legal, space or other reasons and may, after the publication in the paper, republish it on the internet or in other media. Editor-in-chief: Sotiris Hatzimanolis Journalists: Christopher Gogos Nelly Skoufatoglou, Anastasia Tsirtsakis, Nikos Fotakis, Panos Apostolou, George Stogiannou Contributors: Dean Kalimniou, Jim Claven, Michael Sweet, Theodora Maios, Billy Cotsis, George Hatzimanolis, Nikos Konstandaras Sub-editor: Angela Costanzo Graphic design: Peter Kelidis also become another broken promise of the past. It is prudent to take an interest in the British EU referendum debate and learn from them not to handover sovereignty decisions to a group of temporary politicians without the overwhelming support of the electorate. A referendum is none other than a people's veto against ill-conceived government policies that threaten the national interest of the nation. Like the Brexit question, a Cyprexit question may not be a bad thing either … Andreas C Chrysafis Cyprus Immunisation People not immunising their children are a danger to society and should not be allowed to live in cities. They use their children as bombs against society. People have short mem- ories about the many diseases we used to have in Melbourne. Today most Victorian country towns are still like third world outposts with diseases only seen in Indonesia and India, because people cannot leave their TVs long enough to look after their children. I must admit when I saw the figures of the number of people with exotic diseases I asked if the towns had that many Aborigines living in them. The Victorian country holiday can be as dangerous as Bali; you can catch all the diseases and put up with grotty food as well. Whatever you do, do not eat any uncooked salads. I found out the hard way after much pain and out of pocket expenses. Better still take your own food and water if you have to leave Melbourne. S. Rimikis Melbourne Please note that the submission of a letter does not guarantee that it will be published. We reserve the right to edit your letter for clarity, grammar, spelling and style. Letters that use inappropriate language will not be published. All letters published will include the author’s name and location. Comments posted on Neos Kosmos’website, facebook and twitter pages can also be included for submission at the editors’ discretion and will be edited accordingly.
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