Opinion: Screening law

POSTED: 10/16/12 1:19 PM

It sounded too good to be true and by now we know what is what. Anthony Godett has declared himself an opponent of the screening law interim Prime Minister Stanley Betrian and his mini-cabinet want to push through parliament before the elections on Friday. And without Godett’s support, that is not going to happen: the Group of Twelve will slink to eleven and that means that a vote in parliament would stall 11-11-.

The Group of Twelve that so unanimously pushed the Schotte-cabinet out the door. Godett does not have a clean record himself, of course, but this time we think he hit the nail on the head by pointing out that the screening law is only designed to keep a few people out of any future cabinet.

That is what the Dutch call with much feeling for understatement gelegenheidswetgeving – legislation that is written to deal with one particular incident. In the context of this law, the names of ousted Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte, and the ousted ministers George Jamaloodin and Abdul Nasser el Hakim come to mind. And maybe Godett figures that the new clothing won’t fit him either.

It seems therefore that politics in Curacao will remain restless and turbulent for the foreseeable future. If the screening law does not make it through parliament this week it depends very much on the election result what will happen with this initiative next. Because Curacao is as divided as a country is likely to become, this does not send positive vibes to the outside world.

The economy has already slowed down, the investment climate is deteriorating and in the end citizens will pay the price for all this political folly. But then, as we have noted before, every country gets the government it deserves.

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