Lloyd Richardson show: Duncan quits politics for goodPOSTED: 01/8/14 5:08 AM
St. Maarten – Former Minister of Justice Roland Duncan will not return to politics during or after the elections, radio host Lloyd Richardson reports. “He has ruled out returning to active politics and will not be contesting parliamentary elections later this year,” Richardson posted on Facebook. “After serving St. Maarten for the last ten years he is content to work as a lawyer in his law firm.”
Duncan was in 1994 on the SPA-list, spearheaded by the late Vance James, for the elections for the Parliament of the Netherlands Antilles, winning 489 votes. Only a year later, in the 1995 Island Council elections his electoral support had all but evaporated and he won just 103 votes. In 2006 Duncan was appointed Minister of Constitutional Affairs in the government of the Netherlands Antilles, a post he held until St. Maarten obtained country status.
He was not a candidate in the 2010 elections, but he was appointed Minister of Justice in the first and the second Wescot-Williams cabinet.
Duncan said on the Lloyd Richardson radio talk show that he is “particularly proud” of the recruitment of a substantial number of young men and women into the police force. Rightly so, establishing the community police is high on his list of achievements.
“His main regret is that his fellow-ministers and parliamentarians did not support him in his stand against the Dutch, opting instead to lie low and remain silent as the Dutch encroached on the island’s autonomy and separate status.”
According to Lloyd Richardson, ministers and MPs were “afraid of the wrath of the Dutch.”
Duncan offered that he agrees with his successor Dennis Richardson that a commonwealth structure is a good alternative to the current constitutional status if it does not work out.
Duncan’s credibility in The Hague was seriously afflicted after this newspaper published thoroughly documented stories about his close ties to the prostitution sector. The former minister also irked Dutch politicians with his constants attacks on the Coast Guard. Duncan said in parliament that he wanted to get rid of the Coast Guard – a practical impossibility because this service is part of the defense of the outer perimeters of the Kingdom.
Duncan did not wait for the last ministers of the broken coalition to give up their fight last summer. After the DP-ministers had already stepped down, the National Alliance ministers remained stubbornly in their seats, but Duncan threw in the towel by mid-May of last year.