With Wang Lijun sentenced to fifteen years in prison and Gu Kailai, Bo Xilai’s wife, having been given a suspended death sentence for the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood, the Bo saga is now approaching its “very final” conclusion. ‘The Guardian’ reports:
“The state news agency Xinhua said the flamboyant leader now faced criminal charges. It alleged that he took huge bribes and abused his power, bore “major responsibility” in relation to his wife’s murder of a British businessman, maintained sexual relationships with several women and was involved in unspecified other offences.”
Of course, while it is all no laughing matter for the once almost omnipotent Bo, a giggle might be permitted at the accusation that he is responsible for his wife committing murder and that he had affairs with several women. Since when was a husband responsible for his wife’s actions, unless of course he actually aided and abetted a crime? Moreover, is the Chinese judicial system not making a complete fool of itself by referring to a married man having affairs with several women as constituting an offence? Ah, “yes”, “perhaps”, “maybe”, but what about the taking bribes and abusing power?
Well, yes there might just be a serious offence here if it were not for the fact that, the same accusations could be leveled against ….. well, leveled against the whole of the CCP leadership, more or less. ‘The Guardian’s’ Isabel Hilton hits the nail on the head when she writes:
“Bo Xilai’s crime was not that he stole or abused his power: if those were really crimes in China, few would escape censure. His real crime was the manner in which he pursued his political ambition: he tried to be bigger than the party, campaigning publicly for a coveted seat in the standing committee of the politburo, China’s tiny supreme body. And the party, like the mafia, does not take kindly to any member, however powerful, who forgets that the party is bigger than any individual.”.
Or, in other words, The party will forgive a murder philanderer who loots, as long as he is a team player who doesn’t outgrow his boots. Yes, Bo had to go and the new team will be announced during the 18th party congress, which begins on the 8th of November. No doubt, it will include murderers, philanderers and thieves.