Editorial: Another scandal

POSTED: 03/8/13 1:41 PM

The bribery-tape featuring independent Member of Parliament Patrick Illidge has put St. Maarten once more on the map as a Caribbean pirate’s nest in the eyes of our Kingdom partners in the Netherlands. But at the end of the day it is just another scandal, though this one will rock the island for quite some time.

Will our political establishment produce the correct reaction to this situation? We will know that soon enough.

In a worst case scenario this calamity will deteriorate into finger pointing, but that diversion tactic will not solve the problem.

For politicians who cross a line there should be no escape hatch. They have to pack their bags and get out of the way. Unfortunately, history shows that Caribbean politics does not have a great tradition in the field of mea culpa. For all we know, that is about to change today.

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