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Lack of agreement is our real problem: blue-camp figures

By Caroline Hong  /  STAFF REPORTER

Opposition lawmakers yesterday expressed concern that the lack of a common viewpoint is the main factor that has weakened the pan-blue camp.

"We don't have a common viewpoint in the pro-blue camp. Originally we all agreed that if we weren't able to gain power together through the presidential elections, we `brother' parties would work individually and encourage each other," Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) said at a forum held by the Democracy Advancement Alliance (DAA), which was attended by various pro-blue politicians and social activists to discuss the future of the political opposition.

"But now the brothers are fighting among themselves and aren't willing to work together," Hung said.

Speakers at the forum included vocal critics of the Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) administration such as Hung, independent Legislator Sisy Chen (陳文茜), New Party Chairman Yok Mu-ming (郁慕明) and People First Party Legislator Chou Hsi-wei (周錫瑋).

The politicians discussed why factions in the pan-blue camp have been unable to cooperate and take decisive action. The speakers mixed self-reflection with tirades against Chen Shui-bian, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the pan-blue leadership.

"Part of the reason that opposition forces have been unable to act is that the structure of the pan-blue camp is one that promotes stability. We have historically played the stabilizing force in society," Hung said.

"For example, during the pan-blue protests after the election, we often got calls from blue-camp supporters telling us to keep things quiet, even though we all agreed that the pro-green camp was being dishonorable," she said.

"There is a serious problem of direction in the pan-blue camp, from its leaders, administrators and supporters," Sisy Chen (陳文茜) said.

Sisy Chen, who defected from the DPP in 2000, said the situation of the pan-blue camp was worse than that of the pan-green camp before it gained power.

She said that although the pan-green camp members had a wide variety of opinions and viewpoints, they were able to resolve those differences through a mutual understanding that a spoils system would reward everyone eventually.

The pan-blues, on the other hand, she said, had more inherent differences among its ethnic voter groups, and its leadership is more segmented. Factions supporting political heavyweights such as Taipei City Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) refuse to give way to the other.

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