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Sorry to read of the death of Vaclav Havel, the Czech Republic’s first president after the Velvet Revolution against communist rule, at the age of 75.

The former dissident playwright, who suffered from prolonged ill-health, died on Sunday morning, his secretary Sabina Tancecova said.

Havel was that rare species, a conviction politician. To my mind, that is the only sort that matters. He was also a man who could constrict some memorable insights in to the human condition;

“The tragedy of modern man is not that he knows less and less about the meaning of his own life, but that it bothers him less and less.”

“Anyone who takes himself too seriously always runs the risk of looking ridiculous; anyone who can consistently laugh at himself does not.”

Margaret Thatcher saw the greatness in Havel and he was a man who played a pivotal role in helping his people regain their Independence. Sadly, it looks like the Czechs threw off one form of serf subjugation to replace it by another of the EU variant.

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7 thoughts on “HAVEL DIES

  1. Indeed.
    As many regulars might know i have a Czech background and am sad to learn of Mr. Havels death.
    A great man who worked all his life to free the people of Czechoslovakia from Communism.

  2. Sad. In our age which uses words like “great” all too quickly, he stands out as having been a great man,

  3. The Czechs should be proud to have had such a courageous leader. As David said, a conviction politician and a man of integrity.

  4. Yes, Havel was a hero of our times.

    And he leaves behind a country which is proud of its recent independence and which will probably sign up with the UK, Hungary and Sweden in staying outside the most recent Euro diktat:

    “The socialdemokrats opinion is that it would be a way to take us back doors in to the EURO area, and the Swedish people has voted NO to the EURO in referendum 2003. Besides that UK is not alone, Hungary has already stated that they will not participate, and the Czech Republic has said that they will take time to take a decision. So there are now four countries that eventually will not go along with the treaty. And then you have Finland which IS a Euro country.”

    Thanks to Mish.

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