Basket cases


I love my homeland. I really do. I complain a lot but it’s only because I’d like to see some things improve, because this country has so much potential. We have the beautiful landscapes of Akamas and Troodos with nature trails where you can forget about everything and just be one with nature, where you can walk surrounded by greenery while little birds chirrup and flowing crystal waters cascade around you. We have some beautiful little villages, where the majority of people will still greet you with a smile and hot, strong coffee, will still offer you a chair and a local sweet and where you can walk through quiet villages in narrow streets, surrounded by old stone houses. We have the anemones in the springtime, the smell of wild, fresh sage in the mountains. We have our beaches, our transport infrastructure, our towns with so many things to see and do.


This is why so many other people love Cyprus too. This is why people come here to relax, to enjoy themselves on holiday, to swim in our seas and walk in our countryside. This is why so many people choose Cyprus as their retirement destination. 


Unfortunately, like most of us who already live here, these people are finding out that Cyprus is no longer the inexpensive destination it once was. We always used to say Cyprus is cheap, but, even though salaries have hardly gone up in the last decade, the cost of living has risen dramatically.


A new study carried our by Prudential UK looked at 10 popular retirement getaways for Brits and suggested that a typical housewife’s basket (or plastic bag, to bring it all up to date) is more expensive in Cyprus than it is in the UK.


Of course are politicians have been arguing over this for a long time, with the right-wingers blaming the left-wingers and the left-wingers saying that the opposition party have never been concerned about housewives’ baskets before and are now just trying to find ways to gain votes by trotting out a populist issue when they should really be concentrating on the Cyprus problem.


The various arguments will continue to rage over the next few weeks. The CyBC is actively encouraging this by inviting the men in suits to argue and point at each other in a regular program in which the lovely but uncompromising Ms Kenevezou is forced to officiate while standing behind a lectern like a stern headmistress. The usual issues are to be thrown about and the usual conclusion will be reached by everyone- namely that everybody else is wrong.


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