Politics | April 27, 2012 By Mike Bastin. While the rumors continue about Bo, his wife Gu and the death of Neil Heywood, it is surprising that the real reason for this entire saga has not yet been publicized. The real reason is not that Bo was seen as a potential threat to the current and future leadership in China, nor has it anything to do with any business deals that ’went wrong’, instead it all came about once it became clear that Bo was planning to defect, probably to the U.K or U.S and live out the rest of his life there while spilling the beans about the Chinese Communist Party’s inner workings and dealings. Bo’s planned defection came to light when he, and others, moved almost all his entire capital out of China. Such a move could only mean one thing – imminent defection and, according to the minds of the Party leaders, damaging and lasting betrayal. Attacking the Party leadership from within is one thing but far, far more alarming is the prospect of a former leading member launching wave after wave of criticism, safe from any Party retribution, and criticism littered with intimate, personal details of Party goings on. Despite huge economic and social benefits that go with senior Party positions, the fact remains that all Party leaders or those close to senior leadership positions have to remain based in China; something they would rather not do. The U.S and parts of Europe offer a far greater quality of life. China’s rapid ’development’ and urbanization has led to very few quiet, scenic spaces as well as almost permanent noise pollution no matter where you are based. So why was Bo so stupid in moving all his capital overseas at the same time? This is probable due to the sheer arrogance and feeling of total infallibility that goes with a high-up job in the Party hierarchy. Bo, just one example, was never under any kind of accountability or even request for some transparency in his working life. This not only poses obvious dangers to societal stability, it also allows the individuals concerned to lapse into a soporific state of delusion. Not only delusional, those in these unchallenged positions develop an addiction to power, influence and, above all, economic greed. One of my current research projects involves further insight into ’quality of life’ or ’well being’ and the relationship between material/economic gain and ’happiness’. Perhaps this presents yet further evidence of an inverse relationship between ’wealth’ and ’happiness’? It is rumored that the princely sum of 800 million pounds has been transferred overseas in this case. Staggering that this only came to light AFTER the transfer, but even more alarming is the size of this sum. What is it that continues to motivate people even when they have already accumulated wealth that can never be spent? Why not just stop at a few million and enjoy a life of leisure? Clearly, the psychological addiction to power, influence and greed becomes overwhelming and may affect us all in such a position. With China’s ever increasing economic power, this vicious circle of power-wealth- arrogance will undoubtedly lead to more examples of the Bo kind. As a result, wait for more of the same and soon….. Mike Bastin is PhD student at School of Contemporary Chinese Studies, University of Nottingham. Opinions expressed in the CPI blog do not represent the views of the China Policy Institute or the School of Contemporary Chinese Studies at the University of Nottingham. They are the personal views of the bloggers/authors. Can Mandarin become mainstream in UK schools? Mercedes Brand Wins in China…but not in Chinese!