Turkey switches to Daylight Saving Time or DST, whenever it wants to. Seriously.
For the past few days, Turkish expat forums on Facebook have been flooded with one and only one question: “What time is it, really?” An easy enough question to an easier enough answer. A quick look at your wrist watch (if you still wear one!), a sneak peek at your smart phone home screen (sorry about having to leave “Candy Crush” for a moment) or even a top-right eyeball glimpse at your computer screen should give you the answer. Well, not so easy a question to answer in Turkey, it seems. All thanks to this man – Tayyip Erdogan (May you get the absolute majority you seek!)
Erdogan is seeking an absolutely majority for his AK Party in only Turkey’s 2nd election in the space of a couple of months. You see, in the last election (held on 5th of June 2015), the results didn’t come in quite as Erdogan had expected. He was President, he wanted/needed the mandate to expand his Presidential powers. The people of this great land didn’t give it to him. Instead, Turkey got a hung parliament (basically a situation where none of the parties want to work with the other on anything, even though they need each other – votes in the house mainly, to pass any new law or legislation, and no work gets done.) so a snap election was called for the 1st of November 2015.
To make sure everything runs smoothly and nothing upsets the apple cart this time – everything needs to be constant, unchanged. So the schools that got the longest ever 2015 summer holidays in the history of any country, are closed again for a week, Republic Day celebrations (29th October) are muted and DST will finally kick in on the 8th of November 2015.
This is when the new government is declared and every thing is back to normal and chaos can take hold once again. Schools will reopen and grapple with catching up on this year’s curriculum, the hour that was robbed from us will be restored and even the whining and winging questions and comments of expats about their miserable lives in this beautiful country will begin once more.