This is the talk of the nation over here

Many world leaders have said they wouldn’t miss Nelson Mandela’s funeral for anything, but Czech Prime Minister Jiri Rusnok isn’t among them.

Rusnok’s conversation with Defense Minister Vlastimil Picek in parliament on Friday was broadcast by the Czech public television news channel and quickly went viral.

When Picek reminded him that President Milos Zeman might be unable to fly because of a knee injury, Rusnok reacted with a vulgar term and then, addressing his companion by the Czech equivalent of ‘dude’, said: ‘I’m dreading that I will have to go.’

According to the local translator that vulgar term was “fuck”.

And it’s not so much a knee injury as booze.

26 comments on “This is the talk of the nation over here

  1. There’s far too much honesty and far too little hypocrisy in Czech politics. I daresay they’ll learn – eventually.

  2. I’m not sure why they’re having a state funeral for Mandela.

    Shouldn’t they just wait till they find the stone rolled away from his tomb, or his body directly ascends into Heaven, or something?

  3. The Austrians haven’t sent anyone either. The politicoes are still arguing over the coalition conditions and “couldn’t spare the time.”

    They’ve sent the “vice president” – i.e. the Speaker of the Upper House – but he won’t turn up until tomorrow. What happened, did he misread the invite or couldn’t get a flight from Vienna in time ?

    p.s. actually it’s worse, the vice president is meeting some bigwig from Morocco instead.

  4. A knee injury prevents him from going somewhere south of Uganda for discussions. Makes sense, in a way.

  5. These beanfeasts disgust me. I can see that leaders of other countries, particularly those close to Mandela, or to the end of apartheid, might reasonably be invited. But why is Cameron there? Why Obama?

    These are rhetorical questions, obviously.

  6. These Czechs sound pretty dumb. These international funerals are great events for rubbing shoulders with other world leaders and getting some good publicity. Whatever they thought of Mandela, this is prime time PR material. OK, so the President of the Czech Republic isnt going to give the eulogy, doesnt prevent him from being able to get some selfies with Obama…

  7. The Czechs may be drunk and dumb, but leave it to Barack Obama to make the ultimate horse’s ass out of himself at Mandela’s funeral… Yukking it up and taking selfies with the Danish PM.

    Just when you think that asshole can’t go any lower, he does. And unfortunately, in this case as in all others, alcohol isn’t involved.

  8. Dennis The Peasant – “The Czechs may be drunk and dumb, but leave it to Barack Obama to make the ultimate horse’s ass out of himself at Mandela’s funeral… Yukking it up and taking selfies with the Danish PM.”

    And with Cameron. The Tories used to know how to behave at a funeral. Although I suppose Boy Dave is no Tory.

    “Just when you think that asshole can’t go any lower, he does. And unfortunately, in this case as in all others, alcohol isn’t involved.”

    Yeah. What is Cameron’s excuse? I guess the post-religion generations are just too shallow to be concerned about things like death and their immortal souls. Or even respecting people who have died. Even if they are corrupt murdering Communist terrorists.

    It is rare that Michelle actually looks classy – see her expression?

    In the meantime, while I enjoyed the crowd booing Zuma, they also booed George W. Give Africa billions, save millions of lives, they boo you. The media narrative wins in the end.

  9. So, Mandela is laid to rest. He had a touch of greatness about him, such as Blair and Cameron have non of at all. That is all.

  10. The state funeral episode of Yes Prime Minister should have been broadcast immediately before the Mandela affair, for context.

  11. “There’s far too much honesty and far too little hypocrisy in Czech politics. I daresay they’ll learn – eventually.”

    My mother in law is Czech. So are all of her extended family.

    The idea of a Czech not speaking his or her mind fulsomely, constantly, and at a volume the rest of us would call a scream is ludicrous.

    Thank God for the Czechs. No mealy mouthed people there.

  12. “It is rare that Michelle actually looks classy – see her expression?”

    Yeah. She’s got that expression you so often see on the faces of black women in the presence of their male counterparts. No doubt part of why so many black girls aspire to find themselves a white bloke. But preferably not a public school educated one. It’s not exactly the same ‘hood’ but similar, very similar.

  13. “Yeah. She’s got that expression you so often see on the faces of black women in the presence of their male counterparts.”

    Nonsense. Race has nothing to do with what Michelle was doing… Marriage does.

    Every man who has signed a marriage certificate knows that look… it’s the Wifey Slow-Burn. It appears at those times when husbands engage in horse’s ass activities in public while in the presence of said wifey.

    You can bet your bottom dollar that Michelle gutted him on that flight back to the States. And quite rightly so.

  14. Yep. The two assoles bookending the blonde for the trophy snap. Standard nightclub fare. Ms Denmark should keep better company.

  15. Actually, between the three of them you’d think at least one would know better.

    Does put a lot of the gushing over Mandela in context, though.

  16. I’m mildly surprised that so many heads of state are allowed to congregate in one place. Al-Quaeda could take over the world!

  17. “I’m mildly surprised that so many heads of state are allowed to congregate in one place. Al-Quaeda could take over the world!”

    Given that the combined IQs of Obama, Cameron & Ms. Denmark couldn’t figure out how to act at a funeral, al-Qaeda could have wiped out the lot and not gained a thing by it.

    Here in the States, it’s starting to dawn on people that Joe Biden just might be the “smart one”.

  18. “Did anyone notice the black guy in a suit ostensibly signing for the speechmakers? According to the SA Deaf Federation, he was making it up!”

    It’s obligatory in this politically correct world to have someone standing around signing, whether it is necessary or not. Glad to hear he was making it all up, though… hopefully whatever it was came close to being pornographic.

  19. Dennis the Peasant – “Does put a lot of the gushing over Mandela in context, though.”

    Is it too soon to say Mandela was a Communist and a terrorist who crawled to power over a pile of charred lynching victims and is providing a textbook example of the soft bigotry of low expectations in that we are supposed to honour him for doing what every single White politician in the English speaking world has done since democracy was invented (ie actually retiring and not eating anyone while in office)?

    Probably.

    Cameron should have stuck to his convictions and pointed out that Mandela would have made the world a better place if they had hung him back in the day. The Czechs should have been a bit more plain spoken about why no decent human being should have attended this funeral.

  20. So Much for Subtlety –

    What the hell does Mandela’s funeral have to do with Mandela?

    Absolutely nothing… and proved so by Obama, Cameron and Danish twat.

    This is all about what is laughingly known as “world leaders” gathering to give themselves a big hug for being wonderful enough to understand just how wonderful Mandela was.

    Does anyone really thing Barack Obama gave Nelson Mandela more than five minutes of thought in his entire lifetime?

  21. Dennis The Peasant – “Does anyone really thing Barack Obama gave Nelson Mandela more than five minutes of thought in his entire lifetime?”

    Actually I do. Obama seems to show every sign of living in an academic fantasy land disconnected from reality. You know, the place where Mandela was anything other than a mass murdering sociopath on par with Stalin or Mao.

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