Wednesday, 14 September 2011

I'm with the Turks

If you're delivering a prestigious architectural scheme in London that includes hard landscaping and real stone, the best contract managers will find you Turkish Mason-Paviors to carry out the work. Next to the Turks for quality, ability and speed rank the Portuguese and the Irish. The rest are also-rans. So my heart sank on one of my sites recently when I heard the Paviors bantering in pure East End; cockney sparrars have many fine strengths, but decent paving isn't amongst them. Not to worry, though. They were Turkish Cypriots, and the English spoken in Northern Cyprus clearly has its origins in Bow.  

I like the Turks. I've rarely come across a bad'un. In war, they're superlatively brave - as we found both at Gallipoli and in Korea, when thankfully for the latter we were on the same side. In victory they're magnanimous. Kemal Ataturk's words after Gallipoli to the allied dead still get me bleary-eyed every single time; "You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side here in this country of ours. You the mothers who sent their sons from far away countries wipe away your tears. Your sons are now living in our bosom and are in peace. Having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well."

And it was Turks of course who took to the streets in North London with doner-kebab knives during the recent riots to deny the feral looters their bounty, showing us all the way. They hold family, home and work as dear as any Protestant ethicist, as they do entrepreneurship and rights to property. For all these reasons, the Euro Federasts loathe them. 

In stepping forward to display regional leadership in a post Arab-Spring Maghreb, and in the process crossing Israel's bows, Turkey has done exactly the right thing. A secular Islamic republic that brews some decent beers is exactly the model democracy that offers Israel the best bet for peace and security, and the best model for Egypt, Libya and the rest. We should encourage Turkey in developing a pivotal role astride the Bosphorus, as a regional power bridging Europe and Maghreb / Arabia. 


Sue said...

I just hope they're not stupid enough to be forced into joining the EU. I know their government is keen but I deal with a couple of Turkish companies and the people don't want to be in the EU. They enjoy being the gateway between east and west.

Anonymous said...

I always tell them to keep well away from the EU, Turkey SoI is east and south.

The Turks are OK, good people and I've had some good hol's there and the scenery too is, breathtakingly stunning! - literally......but Efes? Hmmm.... .
Erdogan, is he, underneath, something else?
That's my worry.

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Sean said...

I leave for Anatolia on Sunday.

One day I will go to Istanbul and take the train to Tehran, meet up with my friend from Tabriz and sit and drink some pure Shiraz in the late summer sunset in Azadi Square.

They really have some fantastic tales to tell, and later in the evening after more Shiraz my friend will get out his Rumi poem book and start reciting and tears will swell up in his eyes.

Rush-is-Right said...

A process of creeping Islamisisation (sp?) has seen the price of drinks in mainland Turkey go off the scale. They could twin with Norway and they wouldn't notice! Here in North Cyprus we pay 20% VAT on wines and that's it, no other imposts at all. (Touch wood, hoping it stays that way).

Having said that, Efes (especially the one in the blue label bottle) is a perfectly decent pils, and unlike Carlsberg, Heineken etc it does actually taste like some hops have been near it in the production process.

And Sean, best of luck with the Shiraz. Best stick to imported brands though, South African for preference or Australian if you can get it. Far better than the local wines which are, candidly, rubbish.

Greg Tingey said...

Turkey is empahtically NOT an "islamic republic"
Mustapha Kemal insisted it should be a SECULAR republic.
The current Turkish government and party are doing their best to undermine this, thus going back to the darker ages.
As was B.Liar, and now Camoron are doing here, pandering to religious pressure groups.

TheRagingTory said...

Edogan is not the AtaTurk

I'm afraid you've fallen into the usual Guardianista trap, meeting the best of Turkey, and assuming its normal, and the worst of England, and assuming thats normal too.

Weekend Yachtsman said...

Isn't the term "secular Islamic republic" something of a contradiction in terms?

Like Greg, I fear that Ataturk's legacy is under threat.

cuffleyburgers said...

Great post Raedwald.

Ataturk's great nation is under threat, as are all our nations under the current infestation of political pygmies that blight our landscapes.

However the turk in the street seems to be a good man from those I have encountered, truly a beautiful country an a pleasant place to visit and work.

God help us all.

Greg Tingey said...

You've got the point entirely backwards.

The ruination of our politics is bacause Blair and Camoron are crawling to the religious pressure-groups, with their Dark and Bronze Age myths, lies and blackmail.
And Turkey is going the same way ....