Friends of Neil Heywood, the murdered British citizen, don’t quite believe the official version of his death. Not to matter and for the government in Beijing something entirely different a laying all of the cards on the table was required and that was what we got. There she was, the once powerful grande dame. Gu Kailai, telling all and sundry, “I committed a crime that brought negative consequences to the party and the country,” and all of a sudden we were reminded of ….. was it a Stalinist show trial, or was this a modern-day roman senator severing several veins and bleeding to death for the sake of her family? One down, one to go and we can await her husband’s fate with bated breath.
However, for the time being, back to “Mrs BoXilai” and the news is that she will be sentenced on Monday. Sentenced for what? Well, murder, of course, and no need to mention the corruption, no need for the CCP to wash its dirty washing in public. Yes, Gu Kailai just might be the fall guy who ensures her husband’s neck doesn’t enter the noose and that her little Bo Guagua , complete with his brand new chip on his shoulder and still at Harvard, can pursue that sort of career which might just have the extended families of those who have persecuted his mother and father trembling in their boots.