Politics and the GP student

Bo Xilai

Hey there GP students,

If any (or maybe almost all) of you think that politics is boring, you should read these two articles about the spectacular fall of one of China’s most prominent politicians — the man described as a “rock star in Chinese politics”, Bo Xilai.


Politics is a major part of human life and human civilisation, and therefore a major part of GP. True, there are plenty of confusing details about ministers’ names and portfolios, party ideologies, the various branches of government and who’s having an election where. But at the core of it all, politics is a game. It’s a game played by grown-ups, and the prizes these men and women (usually men) are fighting for are power and money.

Open your mind to politics. Don’t just read the news stories about it. Think about how the game is played, including in your own country. Especially in your own country. This game will have major repercussions on your future. What are the rules? How do you try to win? Are there grey areas in the rules? How dirty is the game?

And by the way, politics is not just played out in Congress, Parliament or the White House. It goes on in every office (office politics). It goes on in families as members struggle for power and benefits. It might even be going on in your co-curricular activities. Like it or not, it’s a part of your life. It certainly helps to understand how it works.

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1 Response to Politics and the GP student

  1. Justin says:

    Politics is dirty… that’s what everybody says. I absolutely agree with this statement. Look at our own country’s general elections. Take the one last year ‘GE 2011’, Mr Yaw Shin Leong won the seat for the Workers’s Party in Hougang. Earlier this year, he was sacked for not coming clean with his extramarital affairs. After that, the ruling party PAP started pointing fingers at the WP for having such a person in the party and could still win the seat in Hougang. Subsequently, both parties engaged in a crossfire that lasted for a while.

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