Political Brawl Series:The Taiwanese Bill That Was Hard To Swallow
Political debate can get heated at the best of times, and every once in a blue moon, politicians will spurn the verbal joust for a good ole donnybrook, because we all know nothing builds respect for political institutions like brawling legislators. Apoliticus is featuring a continued series on political brawls that are sure to get you to tuning in to C-span over The Fight Network.
On May 31st 2006, Wang Shu-hui from the Democratic Progressive Party of Taiwan, found that a proposal opening up direct transport links with China left a bad taste in her mouth…literally.
In an effort to stop a vote on the subject, Ms Wang impulsively stuffed the proposal into her mouth and began to chew.
In the chaos that ensued, opposition lawmakers pulled on Ms Wang’s hair in attempts to recover the document. She later spat it out and tore it up.
During the melee, another female DPP legislator, Chuang Ho-tzu, spat at an opposition colleague.
“She spat saliva,” yelled Hung Hsiu-chu of the main opposition Nationalist Party.