Here we are, one year later

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Par Autre 1 Avr 2013 20:31

Here we are, one year later

It is the first anniversary of the installation of the RRR majority, winner of the 2012 elections that called for change. Then there was widespread hope that a new government would achieve significant changes in the performance of the young Collectivité.

In usual circumstances it would have been ideal time to take an assessment of the new gouvernance.

In our case, it seems that doing such would take more than one article regarding the amount of issues that influence our situation and the poor clues that the public and the media have at their disposal.
Whereas on the Dutch side the government has a performing information service (GIS), it seems that on our side communication remains the hardest task to fulfill and that the state of emegency we are still in doesn’t spare the necessary time to explain and reflect.
However, it could be unrealistic to ignore the general feeling of bitterness and disappointment that seems to prevail in Saint-Martin’s houses and enterprises. The truth is that without any given indication or planning, it is difficult for the citizens to foresee how the Collectivité would be able to tackle their disastrous financial situation, nor how our economy will recover and become properous again.
Shall we also evoke here the falling apart of our society and the rise of communitarianism on our Friendly Island?
The easy way should be to blame the Collectivité for all our griefs. But let’s be honest and forget about who the men are, we must admit that the situation is much more complex.
First of all, our Collectivité is still a young one and came without a manual. Putting in place a new status takes time and requires everyone’s participation, even from the state ! 5 or 10 years seem an eternity when you suffer or when you want to make things happen but what does it really represent in the History of a country?
We are proud to have gained our autonomy, even limited, but we hardly manage to exercise it fully; which limits our possibilities and accomplishments.
For instance, our local gouvernment can invent the most effective taxes one can think of but as long as we are not able to master and control the collection of thos taxes, we won’t be able to guarantee the financial means of our ambition. And it goes on like that for many other field where external rules and contraints stop us from achieving our wills.
May we conclude that the solution doesn’t stand in the men’s goodwill or ideas? In this case, the solution can only rely on general action and involvment, as initiated by the largely signed petition asking the State to reconsider our situation. This action can already be called a success for one major reason: it mannaged to bring together not only the people, but also the President, the Senator and the Deputy. Is it finally the dawning of common work beyong political beliefs and for the rising of Saint-Martin?
One year later, will the unity Saint-Martin needs happen?
Autre
Par Autre 1 Avr 2013 20:31