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Our View: The inane ramblings of our political parties

Under fire, Education minister Costas Kadis

NO ISSUE is trivial enough for our political parties to ignore. They feel duty-bound to issue several announcements every day giving their views on whatever story happens to be in the news. It is as if they fear people would forget about their existence if a day passes by and they have not imparted their wisdom; they are more like media commentators angrily reacting to what is happening around them and expressing moral indignation.

Yesterday, three parties – EDEK, Greens, Alliance – issued statements slamming a government plan to introduce a module to the secondary school curriculum on political systems that would also cover federation. Education minister Costas Kadis spoke about this plan on a radio show, saying that the ministry wanted to broaden the curriculum so that students were made aware of the political systems used in different countries. He underlined that these lessons would have nothing to do with the Cyprus issue.

This did not reassure the parties, which smelt a rat. Within a few hours, DIKO released a statement saying it would table the matter for discussion at House education committee and demand to know about content of the lesson and the “government’s real intentions”. The announcement also highlighted the party’s expertise on educational matters, stating that “the critical element that makes a federal solution viable and functional is the content, since there are dozens of models internationally under the title federation with a totally different content.”

The other three parties waited for 24 hours before expressing their scepticism laced with indignation. The Greens were convinced the subject would “be more of a propaganda lesson,” doubting the government wanted to promote “pluralist thinking”. EDEK was concerned over what type of federation the schoolchildren would be taught. “In which country is there bi-zonal, bi-communal federation, the model of which would be taught to the children,” asked EDEK. The terrified Alliance of Citizens reckoned that a lesson on federation “would create students who were ready – instead of defending human rights and the freedom of their country – to negotiate the conditions of their subjugation.”

Perhaps our morally superior politicians, who know everything, should stop and consider for once what kind of citizens this childish type of public debate creates. And then they wonder why a very big proportion of the population is completely disinterested in politics. How could any person with a modicum of intelligence take this type of political debate seriously? People can only laugh at the daily political utterances of the parties, if they can be bothered to pay any attention to them at all.

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