Editorial: Who is who?

POSTED: 12/17/13 10:03 PM

One may well wonder about who is the Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication in St. Maarten: Ted Richardson or Romain Laville?

Yesterday Laville hosted an “urgent” press conference at the parliament building about the twinning agreement with the city of Newark.

Nothing wrong with twinning, and we are looking forward to the projected benefits, but it felt odd to see Laville presiding over the press conference with Minister Ted Richardson as his sidekick.

Laville even made a point of the fact that he had appointed the minister – thereby blurring the line between the executive and the legislative branch of government to an extent that some people may find ridiculous or even embarrassing.

If electoral reform is going to bring us one thing before next year’s elections, let it be that the winner takes all and forms his or her cabinet, without interference from individual Members Parliament.

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