A refreshing display of candour by the CHP?

The Wikileaks stuff has it all: the fascinating, the ridiculous, the banal, the scandalous, the tragic, and perhaps most of all, the hilarious.

If the cables are- as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has predictably stated- part of a conspiracy concocted by the US, then they are a post-modern literary masterpiece to put Ulysses and the works of Shakespeare firmly in the shadows.

One group in no doubt as to the cables’ veracity is Turkey’s main parliamentary opposition, the Republican People’s Party (CHP) – despite the fact that US diplomats describe them as ‘no more than a bunch of elitist ankle-biters’ who are ‘winding their merry way to irrelevance’.

“What is important is that what is widely known to be true has now been officially confirmed to be true,” said CHP deputy chairman Oguz Oyan.

It’s just about possible, I’ll concede, that Oyan was referring here not to the US view of his own party, but to the deluge of criticism and corruption allegations directed at the government and its leading lights.

Still, if not, a refreshing display of candour perhaps?

I don’t have a picture relevant to this posting, but thought I’d put this one in on the off-chance that you’d take it as some kind of subtle political commentary. Work away.


2 thoughts on “A refreshing display of candour by the CHP?

  1. Nomad says:

    Try this on for a good laugh.

  2. Nomad says:


    And so I've always been a strong supporter of open Internet use. I'm a big supporter of non-censorship. This is part of the tradition of the United States that I discussed before, and I recognize that different countries have different traditions. I can tell you that in the United States, the fact that we have free Internet — or unrestricted Internet access is a source of strength, and I think should be encouraged.

    Now, I should tell you, I should be honest, as President of the United States, there are times where I wish information didn't flow so freely because then I wouldn't have to listen to people criticizing me all the time. I think people naturally are — when they're in positions of power sometimes thinks, oh, how could that person say that about me, or that's irresponsible, or — but the truth is that because in the United States information is free, and I have a lot of critics in the United States who can say all kinds of things about me, I actually think that that makes our democracy stronger and it makes me a better leader because it forces me to hear opinions that I don't want to hear. It forces me to examine what I'm doing on a day-to-day basis to see, am I really doing the very best that I could be doing for the people of the United States.
    Remarks by President Barack Obama at Town Hall Meeting with Future Chinese Leaders, 2009

    (Nelson laugh)

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