Editorial: Rapid changes

POSTED: 04/23/12 8:38 PM

The fall of the Rutte-government in The Hague was an accident waiting to happen. In the big scheme of things it may be a side issue, but the fact remains that St. Maarten and the other Kingdom territories in the Caribbean will now soon be confronted with the fourth Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations in less than two years.

Because new elections are foreseen for September or maybe October, Liesbeth Spies, who has been in office for a bit more than four months, will hardly get the opportunity to do something useful with what in Dutch politics is still called the Antilles-dossier.

Spies’ predecessor Piet Hein Donner, now the vice president of the prestigious Council of State, was in office for a bit more than two years as the successor of Ank Bijleveld-Schouten, who dealt with the Antilles for more than 3.5 years. She is now the Queen’s Commissioner in the province of Overijssel.

Are these rapid changes good news or bad news for St. Maarten? It would certainly help if The Hague managed to offer some stability in the relationship with its Caribbean Kingdom partners. Unfortunately, the current Dutch political landscape had not much to offer in this respect.

The good news is that St. Maarten will most likely be left to its own devices for the time being. The bad news is that many people are concerned about the way our government will handle that freedom.

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