Leaving (Blair behind) January 28, 2012 at 8:49 am

Radio 4 has rebroadcast Václav Havel’s Leaving. It’s a play nominally about the chancellor of an ex-soviet state, perhaps Havel’s own Czeck republic, who is leaving office. But about ten minutes in, Havel in uncomfortable self-parody has the Chancellor say something that could have been Tony Blair (or David Blunkett):

I have always placed great importance on human rights. In the name of freedom of expression, I imposed significant limits on censorship. And during my term fewer than half of all public demonstrations were broken up by the police.

There is a certain contemporary resonance too…

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