Will the Gaoxiong city council speakers election spark a "clean hands" style massive investigation of Taiwan’s political elite?
- Yes. This is the start of Taiwan’s big anti-corruption drive!
- No. Scandals erupt and get hushed up. So will this one.
- Perhaps in a few years, but not now.
I’m just vondering what the investigation of the rigged election of Zhu Anxiong as Gaoxiong city council speaker might lead to.
The political scene here is corrupt big time and several leading politicians are in cahoots with the mob. A similar situation in Italy led to the start of a massive cleanup of the political life in Italy from 1992 on. This operation, called “clean hands”, led to the investigation of 5000 politicians, etrepreneurs etc in Italy in the early 1990’s and changed the Italian political landscape completely. Former Italian PM Giulio Andreotti has been convicted on murder charges, while a whole generation of Italian politicians have been hounded out of office by a group of determined judges.
I feel that the press here is free enough to pursue such a story to the bitter end, moreover, the general population would appear to be increasingly fed up with the antics of the politicians here. As the Italian “Clean hands” operation started with a small investegation in Milano, the Taiwanese equivalent could start with an investegation of a bit of vote-buying in Gaoxiong.
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