"One of the unacknowledged problems of England being so remote from the EU and in particular the Eurozone, is that imperial experience and knowledge is untapped. No English civil servant's political antennae would not have twitched at the very word Cyprus, never mind Cyprus and Russian bank deposits. They'd have been in with the Treasury and the Foreign Office, and Defence, before you could say Makarios. I wonder that these troikerenes didn't notice not one but two British sovereign bases on the island. Why here, they might have said to themselves (but didn't)."An awful lot of non-civil-service Brits would have those antennae, too. They would recall how, when the famous Iraqi WMDs were being touted by Campbell, it was the British bases on Cyprus that were "under threat":
25 September 2002 - The Sun newspaper has the headline: "Brits 45 mins from doom" about the threat to troops in Cyprus.Now what might they be doing there ? What's the connection with Russia ? Readers are invited to google their way to the answers - or to take a look at the atlas. No surprises when we read - Cyprus crisis: UK experts fly out to advise on bailout. Ah yes, the bailout. And an RAF plane was needed - to ship over sackloads of Euros. Well of course. Just as Gazprom was arriving at the other end of the island - what Great Games !
|Don't Twist My Tail|
Draw up a sandbag, swing the lamp ... it all takes me back to 1974, when it was the Turks that had Cyprus in their sights. Yours truly was a young subaltern in an austere barracks in Germany when the signal came. The details of Operation Platypus don't seem to be in the public domain yet so my lips are sealed (even if some chaps don't seem quite so reticent). Suffice to say, a number of measures were taken, sending a message that a martial nation like Turkey wouldn't fail to understand.
Whatever the juvenile idiocies of the troika and the Eurozone, I have a feeling the Russians will know where they stand vis-à-vis ourselves on this one. It will be interesting to see how the bear makes its displeasure felt towards countries who are simply twisting its tail. Remember the Gazprom song ... cut the gas for everybody !