The story caught my eye in the ‘Guardian’ a few days ago and, determined to put the Bo Xilai saga to bed, it was skimmed and scanned, but then more or less neglected. That is until the video above was viewed this evening.
Britain has asked China to investigate the death of Neil Heywood , a British citizen who, the British authorities were told, “died from over-consumption of alcohol.” Well, Neil Heywood’s body being cremated without an autopsy, and with his friends pointing out that he didn’t drink, we might at least be a trifle suspicious of that story. Still, with the Chinese government acknowledging the said it has the UK’s request to investigate Heywood’s death and promising to take it further, we can be fairly certain that we will soon get to the bottom of the matter, can’t we? However, if you prefer not to wait on Beijing to reveal the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, here are a couple of interesting little links for those of you who like the “Fredrick Forsyth”, John le Carré genre.
“The British businessman whose death has emerged as a key element in China’s biggest political scandal in two decades periodically consulted for a British strategic-intelligence firm founded by ex-spies, a spokesman said Monday” and if that doesn’t get your interest, how about this? “The British businessman whose sudden death has been linked to China’s current leadership struggles worked as a consultant for a business intelligence firm founded by ex-M16 officers it has emerged.” Might it be that Dr Bo’s present troubles are at least in part his comeuppance for 007’s death?