Editorial: The reality of “politics” and “family”

POSTED: 06/21/11 1:35 PM

Curacao’s Justice Minister Elmer Wilsoe has made it clear yet again that ministers from particularly Pueblo Soberano have to toe the line or risk having their political career end. He did this by not participating in Sunday’s discussion on free movement in the Dutch Kingdom and then announcing Monday his country will not participate in a technical committee that will look at the subject.

Having watched three others go because they did not line to the Pueblo Soberano code once appointed Wilsoe has gotten the idea that it’s best not to put his toe out of line. So much so then even putting his country’s position on record was not something he was willing to do. We find this a pity and ask where is the good order and democracy if a minister is that fearful for his job.

Or maybe we see it too negatively and the fact that Wilsoe finds himself bound to obey resolutions taken in the legislature is a good sign that dualism is alive and well to the point where a minister dare not trespass the wishes of the second largest faction in the coalition.

Whatever one feels about Wilsoe’s beliefs on movement in the Kingdom, there is an admiration to be given to his stance on movement between Aruba, Curacao and St. Maarten. The basis of that movement is the ties of family that have held us together for some long. However we feel it fair to point out that intermingling that began long before all of us were born or even conceived, makes the Netherlands part of the family bond. That means people from the Netherlands should also be able to move freely and/or give their contribution on who can stay at their house and under what condition.


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