Editorial: Information gap

POSTED: 01/2/14 12:58 AM

On the first workday of the New Year, politics immediately takes center stage with the visit of a 12-strong political delegation from the Netherlands.

The parliamentarians and senators will visit St. Maarten, Statia, Saba and Bonaire in the coming days, before they head to the inter-parliamentary consultation in Curacao.

How useful these consultations are is highly debatable. For sure, politicians from the four countries in the Kingdom will see each other in person. Whether they will also see eye-to-eye is another question.

Dutch politicians still struggle with an information gap about the Caribbean part of the kingdom. At times it seems that this gap is welcome, because it allows politicians like Bosman and Van Raak to turn ignorance among the Dutch electorate into political currency.

From that point of view, the visit from the Dutch senators and parliamentarians is more than welcome, if only because this is another opportunity form them to get up to date with what is really going on in our communities.

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