So at 7 o'clock on Friday night before the start of the week long National Day holiday the Party unloads on its errant son. And boy does it ever unload: abuses of power, taking huge bribes through himself and his family and 'inappropriate sexual relations with multiple women'. The allegations go back from his time in Chongqing, through his role as Commerce Minister and back to his days as Mayor of Dalian. Evidence of other unspecified crimes has also been uncovered, allegedly.
Bo's been expelled from the Party, which paves the way for him to face criminal charges. So I was pretty badly off point when I predicted that he'd be permanently sequestered in the manner of Zhao Ziyang. The trends seemed to point towards leniency early on, but the fact that charges against him got back at least as far as the early nineties shows that the CDIC people decided to go over his career pretty thoroughly. They clearly didn't like what they found. And though we don't know what specific charges he's going to face it's also clear that the Party want him buried enough to allow some incredibly embarrassing stuff to bubble up in a court.
Incidentally, the point about Bo taking bribes through his family flags up another British connection. How did the family get hold of the tuition fees to send young Guagua to Harrow and then Oxford? We may be about to find out.
In other news, the date of the 18th Party Congress has now been set for November 8, in line with the 17th Party Congress statement that it would take place in the last half of this year, but later than the various floral displays and block hotel bookings in Beijing would indicate. Perhaps there was a last minute decision to get Bo finally out of the way before striding boldly on into the glorious future.