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United Daily News: Deal with differences maturely

United Daily News: Deal with differences maturely

Despite controlling over 50 percent of seats in the Tainan City Council, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) failed to secure the speakership. An angry DPP Mayor Lai Ching-te therefore announced this week that he will not be attending any more city council meetings until the vote-buying allegations against speaker Lee Chuan-chiao have been addressed in the judicial system. Lai needs to think clearly about the possible consequences of his action and should look at the example of U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner of the Republican Party. The Republicans scored an overwhelming victory in the mid-term elections late last year, taking 246 seats in the House, but in the Jan. 6 speaker election, Boehner won only 216 votes. Twenty-five members of his own party refused to support him, contending that he was too prone to compromise with the Democrats. If Lee is involved in vote-buying, he certainly should be placed under investigation. However, it is inconsistent with democratic principles for the mayor to boycott city council meetings. According to local politicians, Lai was betrayed by members of his own party because he is so arrogant that many city councilors find it hard to work with him. Ideological differences and political calculations are issues politicians need to face and deal with. Lai's decision to boycott city council meetings may win some populist support but it is by no means the best choice for a mature politician. In this regard, Lai may refer to Boehner's remarks after he was sworn in: "As Speaker, all I ask -- and, frankly, expect -- is that we disagree without being disagreeable. In return, I pledge to help each of you carry out your duties." (Editorial abstract -- Jan. 9, 2015) (By Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-09-24 22:47 GMT+08:00