Saturday, April 21, 2012

Bye bye Mister Bo

Beijing's sacking of its rising political star, Congqing city mayor, Bo Xilai has been occupying the headlines of papers not only in China, but also in UK and the U.S. I do not want to belabor the facts  and , quickly, Bo and his wife, Gu, were under investigation of the death of Neil Heywood, a British businessman having close ties with Bo's family.

First, I think it be would pretty hard pressed for Bo to come out of this investigation again even if he could prove his innocence. He is done, politically. The funny thing, I guess maybe not so funny for Bo, is that he is subject to CCP's investigation first, before a criminal proceeding. He is not charged yet, and he does not have a lawyer to fight for his rights. I am not crying for Bo, but just saying if China is serious about rule of law as claimed, this is balantly against such a claim. The message is that CCP is outside the law.

As this news develops, legs of stories of Bo, his wife, his son and their dealings with Heywood grow longer.  Although Bo's political agenda, which he prides himself on, is all about revatalizing some of Mao's idealistics of social justice, his wife and son seem to have a high life even in Western standards. Bo Guagua, his son, was educated in expensive UK boarding school, went to Oxford and Hardvard, and owns a Farrari. Not that there is something wrong with that, but if Bo's such a poverty fighter, his family seems to be treating themselves as aristocracy. This makes Bo more than just being hypocrisy - he may be a fraud, shall we say, for he seems to fully embrace what he criticizes in the public.

Bo's scandal struck the core of China's political system. From Cheng Xitong to Chen Lianyu and to Bo Xilai, three mayors of China's four mega cities (Shanghai, Beijing, Congqing, and Tianjing) have been purged. Why is that the case? Could the system be at fault here?

Anyhow, I am happy Bo's sacked. Nobody is going to miss him and his red songs. So long Mr. Bo.

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