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.