A little bit of information on Bo Guagau; Bo Xilai and Gu Kailai’s son

Interesting read on Bo Guagua, Bo Xilai’s son from his marriage with Gu Kailai on the “Shanghai List” website. If what he is saying is true, then we would have to accept that, privileged or not, he would also, unlike the quite glaikit Windsor family, perform well in any meritocracy.

Apparently, in his GCSEs, which he took when he was sixteen, he got 11 ‘A Stars’ and at Oxford he got a 2i for PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics), receiving a first in Philosophy. He debated at the Oxford Union and served as president of the Politics, Philosophy and Economics Society, and he was the first Chinese student to be elected to the Standing Committee of the Oxford Union.

Being born with a silver spoon in his mouth hardly distinguishes him from most of his fellow students at Oxford and Cambridge. However, he compares at least favourably to William Windsor, who got a 2i from St.Andrews, which we are told is “the best degree of any heir to the throne of Britain and the Commonwealth realms.” Better at any rate than his dad, who got into Cambridge with two average ‘A’ levels and a handful of, not particularly impressive GCE’s, and graduated with a 2ii.

Finally, we might at least suspect that Charles and William got more than just a little help in order to get a degree at all and it might be worth mentioning that Bo Guagau’s first language is Chinese. Interestingly, his tutors at Oxford expressed contempt for him, something we can be sure of the Windsors’ tutors didn’t do with their charges, but it might just be that somebody who sat finals without taking their classes and gets a 2i, just pisses them off.


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There are a lot of poor bastards out there being used and abused; it is just not cricket "old bean". Something tells me that ignorance is not bliss, but is, in fact, simply ignorance and in the global village we cannot look the other way.
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3 Responses to A little bit of information on Bo Guagau; Bo Xilai and Gu Kailai’s son

  1. If Charles can get a bona fide 2ii, it makes you wonder what the von Windsors would be capable of academically without all the in-breeding!

  2. Anonymous says:

    F.Fukuyama argues that for 2,000 years, China’s government has survived using a system of bureaucracy and Confucianism rather than the rule of law or independent democratic institutions. The problem is that occasionally someone is powerful enough to overcome this — be them “the evil Empress Wu” or Mao Zedong.
    “This is why the recently purged Bo Xilai was such a threat to the system. Using his base in Chongqing, he used the media to build up his own authority, which was strong already given his status as a princeling, or son of a revolutionary hero. He was ruthless in the use of state power to go after not just criminals and corrupt officials but businessmen and rivals who had accumulated too much power and wealth. He revived Mao-era mobilisation tactics such as the singing of revolutionary songs at rallies. Unlike his grey compatriots, he could have dominated the CPC leadership through an independent power base had he been promoted to the standing committee. It therefore makes sense that Hu Jintao and the leadership should use the scandal to eliminate him from consideration and remove the bad emperor before he ascended to the throne. The incident has revealed a deep problem in China – the lack of formal institutions and of a real rule of law. The rules the Chinese leadership follows are neither embedded in the constitution, clearly articulated, nor enforced by a judicial system. They are internal rules of the CPC, which have to be inferred from its behaviour. Had Mr Bo succeeded in getting on to the standing committee, he could have overturned them.”

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