David Lidington, Europe
Minister Slimeball, has delivered the 4th Keith Kyle Memorial lecture on the subject of British - Cypriot relations - a lecture which had a hidden agenda. As is well known the European Union is desperate to have Turkey admitted as a member of their 'club' - an idea backed by David Cameron - and as is also well known the EU has what was originally known as "The Barcelona Agreement", now rebranded as "Union for the Mediterranean". This policy includes all the countries bordering the Mediterranean, one of those countries being Turkey.
I have posted previously here and here on the subject of the reunification of Cyprus and the main problem that Turkey has with admission to the EU. It is worth while for readers to refer to the two aforementioned links to gain some insight to the main stumbling block to Cyprus reunification which is Turkey's last stated position that they will never relinquish control of Northern Cyprus.
When Lidington talks about the number of Britons visiting Cyprus he is being his usual disingenuous self. The number of Britons visiting "Cyprus" has nothing to do with links between the two countries - it has everything to do the climate, the way of life and with prices generally in Northern Cyprus being so much cheaper than in the Greek (Southern) sector. As an example, when I was there 20 Malboro Red were 1 Turkish Dollar at the exchange rate of £2.50 Turkish Dollars to the £. One evening the person I was visiting both went out to a seaside restaurant and enjoyed: Starters, Sea Bass, Sweet, two bottles of wine, two large goblets of brandy (one on the house) and the cost was £29.00! (and we could smoke at the table!). When I was in Northern Cyprus there was the usual water shortage on the island - due to lack of rainfall - a problem solved by Turkey who arranged for tankers to ferry water to the North. An offer was made to the Greek Cypriots to supply them from the North which was refused - that shows how deep is the divide between Greeks and Turkish.
Lidington talks about the Turkish Cypriots being "isolated" - the point is they wish to remain isolated and if readers can obtain a copy of Gibbons' book they will understand why.
But then we all know Lidington is but a politician - supposedly a Conservative but one whose principles, true to form, have been bought by the lure of ministerial office!