Opinion: Unanswered questions

POSTED: 03/19/14 10:18 AM

The Democratic Party’s press conference made clear that we could be looking at the end of the political career of Petrus Leroy de Weever and that his nephew, Public Health Minister Cornelius de Weever will stay on board with the red family. That puts to rest rumors that the minister contemplated a move to the new party established by independent MP Frans Richardson. Leroy de Weever will step aside if his nephew Cornelius decides to be a candidate on the DP-list. The minister’s presence at the press conference gave all the answers we need to answer any question about this issue.

There are of course also plenty of unanswered questions. Like this one: does Maria Buncamper-Molanus, the disgraced predecessor of Minister De Weever still have a future with the Democratic Party? Did she knock on the door, pleading: let me in again please? There was neither a yes nor a no forthcoming to this question. The party will unveil its candidates at a time of its own choosing.

So the who-goes-where game will continue for a while, even though there are persistent indications that Buncamper-Molanus is dying to get back into the game. And let us be honest here – in spite of what went down in 2010 – few people will argue that she was not a capable minister. But who wants to take her on board, knowing that this is exactly what other parties are waiting for?

Then there is the matter of the articles of incorporation and the legal status of the party. It is, as party leader Sarah Wescot-Williams confirmed, an association. The articles of incorporation have been updated, but the party has not registered with the Electoral Council yet. As long as that does not happen, the party is apparently not under any obligation to follow rules from the national ordinance on the registration and financing of political parties.

One of those rules is that parties must submit a financial report to the Electoral Council by April 1. That is not going to happen this year as far as the DP is concerned and it would not surprise us one bit if the same turns out to be true for all other parties. A pro-active approach only goes that far in politics.

We also learned that the departed vice president of the party, Stuart Johnson, for unclear reasons refused to sign party documents needed for the registration at the Chamber of Commerce. Maybe Johnson could shed some light on this issue, because it does not make a lot of sense.

If the signature of a vice president is absolutely needed, and said vice president resigns, who is then going to come up with the necessary signature? Interesting issue, but we figure that the DP has found a fitting solution for this conundrum.

Is there anything else that came out of this press conference that caught our attention? Well, yeah. That is the notion that the party leadership finds it not fitting to celebrate the political campaign elaborately at a time when so many social problems remain unresolved.

Whether this means that the DP will stay away from supersized bill boards like we have seen during the 2010 elections remains to be seen. Party leader Wescot-Williams said that the DP will draw that proverbial line in the sand and that it will stick to it, no matter what other parties may or may not do.

Will this then become the first election ever characterized by political modesty? MP Roy Marlin announced – we’re paraphrasing here – that the DP will stay away from the traditional mudslinging contests of the kind that keeps Vromi-Minister Maurice Lake and National Alliance leader William Marlin awake at night. That is already something to be grateful for. We are looking forward to a campaign on issues, not for a campaign on personal resentment. In the meantime, get ready to vote in the first week of September.

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