Behind Closed Doors

Bo Xilai’s fall from grace serves as a humbling reminder of how opaque China’s politics remain to outside observers. Our man in London prompts us that, even allowing for the differences in systems — voters and courts taking such decisions to remove leaders, not parties; open not state media — it is inconceivable that a prominent if disgraced politician in, say, Manchester, or Chicago, or Lyon or Munich, and his family could drop from sight for days, their fate unknown.

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