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Corruption here? surely not!

Postby supporttheunderdog » Wed Jul 10, 2013 6:51 am

Here is news item in Cyprus Weekly, or is it Cyprus Today?

More transparency

http://www.incyprus.com.cy/en-gb/Top-Stories-News/4342/36023/more-transparency


NICOSIA - Over 70 percent of Cypriots believe that corruption in the country has worsened in the last two years. And almost 80 percent feel it is a very serious problem, Transparency International Cyprus said in a press release.
“Cypriots report a rising trend towards corruption, with 71% saying that corruption has increased over the past couple of years. In addition, 79% believe that corruption is a serious problem in Cyprus,” it said.
“In addition, 68% of Cypriots believe personal contacts in the public sector play a major role in getting things done. And 90% believe that the country’s governance is influenced by the best interests of a small portion of the population,” it added.
The total number of respondents to the online barometer survey which was carried out in Cyprus between September 2012 and February 2013 was 570.
All ages were represented with 24% being under 19, 63% were between 20 and 64 and 13% over 65.
Out of the 22 western European countries taking part in the poll, Cyprus recorded top marks on the question about “best interests” influencing government decisions.
As for the government's efforts to fight corruption, 83% of Cypriots believe they are ineffective. This is the highest percentage among the 22 western European countries.
Most corrupt for Cypriots are the political parties (99%), followed by the House of Representatives (95%), police force (94%) and mass media (93%).
Asked whether there were willing to fight corruption, 74% said simple people can bring about the much-needed change. And 96% said they were willing to sign a petition calling on the government to strengthen efforts against corruption.
Moreover, as high as 84% of people are ready to circulate information on the problem of corruption through social media. And 81% would take part in a peaceful protest against corruption.



This not good for the country or the average Cypriot.
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Postby Demonax » Wed Jul 10, 2013 2:50 pm

While people's perception of corruption has inevitably worsened as a result of recent events, it's worth bearing in mind that Transparency International's most recent 'corruption index' had Cyprus at 29th 'cleanest' in a list of 174 countries.

That really isn't bad considering that Cyprus is a small island nation where everybody inevitably knows everybody else. No reason for complacency but really not as bad as you might think...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog ... ernational
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Postby bill cobbett » Wed Jul 10, 2013 2:57 pm

Surely the big problems in CY are the "kommata" and "meson" systems...??
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Re: Corruption here? surely not!

Postby Paphitis » Wed Jul 10, 2013 3:04 pm

supporttheunderdog wrote:Here is news item in Cyprus Weekly, or is it Cyprus Today?

More transparency

http://www.incyprus.com.cy/en-gb/Top-Stories-News/4342/36023/more-transparency


NICOSIA - Over 70 percent of Cypriots believe that corruption in the country has worsened in the last two years. And almost 80 percent feel it is a very serious problem, Transparency International Cyprus said in a press release.
“Cypriots report a rising trend towards corruption, with 71% saying that corruption has increased over the past couple of years. In addition, 79% believe that corruption is a serious problem in Cyprus,” it said.
“In addition, 68% of Cypriots believe personal contacts in the public sector play a major role in getting things done. And 90% believe that the country’s governance is influenced by the best interests of a small portion of the population,” it added.
The total number of respondents to the online barometer survey which was carried out in Cyprus between September 2012 and February 2013 was 570.
All ages were represented with 24% being under 19, 63% were between 20 and 64 and 13% over 65.
Out of the 22 western European countries taking part in the poll, Cyprus recorded top marks on the question about “best interests” influencing government decisions.
As for the government's efforts to fight corruption, 83% of Cypriots believe they are ineffective. This is the highest percentage among the 22 western European countries.
Most corrupt for Cypriots are the political parties (99%), followed by the House of Representatives (95%), police force (94%) and mass media (93%).
Asked whether there were willing to fight corruption, 74% said simple people can bring about the much-needed change. And 96% said they were willing to sign a petition calling on the government to strengthen efforts against corruption.
Moreover, as high as 84% of people are ready to circulate information on the problem of corruption through social media. And 81% would take part in a peaceful protest against corruption.



This not good for the country or the average Cypriot.


And what do you care for the average Cypriot after insulting their ancestors who defended the island from British depravity and terrorism? :?
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Postby Demonax » Wed Jul 10, 2013 3:46 pm

Paphitis wrote:
And what do you care for the average Cypriot after insulting their ancestors who defended the island from British depravity and terrorism? :?


Are you saying that STUD is being patronising again? It's worth pointing out that the UK doesn't fare that much better than Cyprus in the corruption index. So no reason for any Brit to feel superior.
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Re: Corruption here? surely not!

Postby Demonax » Wed Jul 10, 2013 3:55 pm

Guess what? From the same survey...

Corruption in the UK is increasing, according to the world's largest public opinion survey.
Transparency International said a tally of respondent views indicated the perception of media corruption increased significantly since the publication of its 2010 survey, when less than 40% believed the sector had a corruption problem.

The UKI results also show a crisis of trust in politics, with only 1% of interviewees believing the UK political system free of problems.

Of the people surveyed, 67% viewed political parties as being affected by corruption, and 55% believed parliament had a corruption problem.

A staggering 90% of the UK survey said that the UK Government is run by a few big entities acting in their own interest.

Of the 91% who would be willing to report corruption, 40% would want to make that report to a Government hotline - which currently does not exist.

Some 62% of people also thought that the Government’s actions are ineffective in tackling corruption.


http://news.sky.com/story/1113324/corru ... -uk-report

How the hell did you not mention this, supporttheunderdog?
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Postby Oceanside50 » Wed Jul 10, 2013 3:57 pm

bill cobbett wrote:Surely the big problems in CY are the "kommata" and "meson" systems...??



..because of indifference to seeing it when it begins..and do you believe "trash" like this is interested in solving the Cyprus problem?
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Postby GreekIslandGirl » Wed Jul 10, 2013 4:35 pm

bill cobbett wrote:Surely the big problems in CY are the "kommata" and "meson" systems...??


Those are big problems everywhere. It's human nature, I'm afraid, to look after your kin first, party-faithful or use old school "ties that bind". I've had many situations in the UK where, because of friendships or a common shared experience, I have been given preferential treatment. It's also easier to flatter British people and easier to buy their 'loyalty' with a little surprise gift (Greeks are cynical this way and insist on giving you one back, lol).

Unfortunately, because of the extended family culture of Cyprus, this is going to be another stereotype that is going to be exaggerated with which to beat us. I would put it into perspective if I were you.

We ( ALL ) just need to keep moving in the direction of an egalitarian society.
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Re: Corruption here? surely not!

Postby Oceanside50 » Wed Jul 10, 2013 4:59 pm

If these morons...can figure out that they are selling out Cyprus with a gift here or there or a favor here or there or a defense minister taking millions to give out contracts to certain countries, then expect the Cyprus problem to linger for another 50 years or expect someone else to come and solve it for you...try not to make excuses for these pieces of shit
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Re: Corruption here? surely not!

Postby GreekIslandGirl » Wed Jul 10, 2013 5:36 pm

I'm not making excuses for anyone but I won't make out Cypriots are at all worse than anyone else either. I know kin-selection happens everywhere. So does a little networking. I hope our politicians use all available means to get the right solution for Cyprus.

I'm sure some benefit from the status quo - which is why the EU has to step in too - but then, there will be some who benefit from the status quo there also. We need to stay active to move the solution along (considering what we are up against).

I also hope that the number who are passionate about Cyprus first and foremost (since it affects their kin) become greater than those who are passionate about their wallets.

Corruption is making it harder for us getting a solution - but the corruption is strongest from the most powerful (Turkey).
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