Today’s Editorial: Slip of the tonguePOSTED: 04/28/11 12:15 PM
If we wanted to be harsh, we’d say that the Dutch Defense Minister Hans Hillen has no clue about what is going on in St. Maarten, but we are in a festive mood so we are ready to accept that Hillen’s blooper was a mere slip of the tongue.
Questioned about the reason why military personnel had assisted the police in St. Maarten on March 8, Hillen answered – in writing – that this had to do with a coincidental combination of factors. There had been four murders, several rape cases and there was the Heineken Regatta.
In one sentence, Hillen made two mistakes: he wrote it was Carnival and he added that the regatta is the largest event in St. Maarten.
We know for sure that Carnival started on April 25 and not on March 8. And we also think that Carnival is the largest event in St. Maarten, not the regatta.
What is even more relevant: Carnival requires a much larger police effort than the regatta and that’s what the questions to the minister were all about.
Next time, when Carnival is over, we expect more accurate answers from the minister.