Editorial: St. Maarten Off the radar in H.M. Queen Beatrix’s speech

POSTED: 09/21/11 12:40 PM

St. Maarten, with Curacao in its slipstream, has fallen completely off the radar in The Hague. A year ago, H.M. Queen Beatrix still had something to say in her annual Troonrede: “Curacao and Sint Maarten may keep counting on the government’s support in the field of maintaining law and order and good governance.”
Yesterday, there was only a minimal reference in the Queen’s speech to “the Caribbean islands that are part of our policy since last year.” That remark refers to Saba, Statia and Bonaire. But not a single word about the new countries in the Kingdom – St. Maarten and Curacao.
It is a strong indication that we are on our own and that we should not count on any significant support from the Netherlands anymore. The Rutte government has better things to do than doling out state-support in the Caribbean – like pushing through €18 billion ($23.2 billion) worth of budget cuts at home.
This is what we always wanted, right? No Dutch interference and the right to choose our own destiny. The Troonrede suggests that we got exactly what we asked for.

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