I’m interested in peoples views on Shih Ming-teh/Shi Mingde/施明德. As one of the key people in the fight for democracy in Taiwan he seems to be worthy of serious respect. He’s standing for election in the upcoming legislative elections (Taipei North), and presumably has a good chance of getting elected.
So what is he standing for? As far as I can make out his main position seems to be that the constant Green-Blue fighting is harming Taiwan and he wants the two sides to work together a bit more (a principal which everyone can agree with, but is probably a bit easier said than done!).
He doesn’t seem to have the desperation for limelight/power that his fellow independent Hsu Hsin-Liang (who’s running in Taipei South) does. Whatever his policies/reasons for running, he’s bound to be better than your average 3rd rate DPP/KMT biendang hurling politician.
So what’s the verdict? True hero of Taiwan returning to help Taiwans political growth? Or political has-been desperate for a last bout in the limelight?