Monday, 16 April 2012

Hooker Spot on in Bo Xilai Case

He might have been living and writing more than 400 years ago, but Richard Hooker knew a thing or two about lifestyles of the rich and famous, and the trouble to which they invariably tend: 
'The impious cannot enjoy that they have, partly because they receive it not as at God's hands, which only consideration maketh temporal blessings comfortable, and partly because through error, placing it above things of far more price and worth, they turn that to poison which might be food, they make their prosperity their own snare; in the nest of their highest growth they lay foolishly those eggs out of which their woful overthrow is afterwards hatched.' (Hooker, Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity, Volume II, 415-416)
The worrying thing about the Chongqing case is that there are hundreds and thousands of little Chongqings across the "People's" Republic of China, and it would be a bold, or a foolish, person who thought that the same sort of massive scale corruption wasn't going on in all these places.
The country is rotten through and through, and those unable to stick their head in the trough are bound to create ructions sooner or later.    

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

You predict revolting peasants, ulie? Not likely while village representatives and the local police are on the take.

tapas said...

The high profile scandal of Bo Xilai's family only exemplifies one depressing fact -
Globalisation doesn't only involve the increased integration and interdependence of the global economy, but the increased global corruption.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/9204881/Neil-Heywood-mystery-Gilded-lifestyle-of-murder-suspects-son-Bo-Guagua.html

Frankie Fook-lun Leung said...

You can understand why some countries will always remain poor and undeveloped. China give the appearance of prosperity. May be for some of the privileged like Bo before the down-fall. Almost all the rich people in China have fallen on corruption and collusion with senior government officials. No wonder so many of them who make it want to transfer their assets outside the country and their relatives to live outside.

Norman said...

I note that the son, Gua-gua, went to Papplewick Preparatory School in Windsor for a year. Your old school, if I recall correctly.

ulaca said...

He was only there for a year - just long enough to have staff and pupils serving his every whim. Ascot not Windsor.