After overhearing it for the third time it dawned that maybe there is a difference in conception. The cabinet fell and now Curacao is without a government. In Dutch there is a very clear distinction between the administration, overheid, and government,
Here they used the word overheid, administration, in the place of regering, government:
"Ha, but we don't have a overheid any more!" Meaning to us we have no administration any more. Which is quite
a serious thing, while no Government, well, that happens.
This was in line with a conversation we had earlier. It was explained to us that what we call 'corruption' is actually the effect of confused politicians that don't understand how administration
works. They just want things done their way. That there are rules and laws and protocols to consider is something they do not know. Or like to ignore.
It now seems that it is not only politicians that are confused, but that maybe even the public
sees political power as the right to rule how you see fit.
We, inhabitants of the Dutch bureaucracy, think of adminstration as the ship and politics as a small sail. Here the politician is maybe more the captain steering the speedboat.