Everyone has an opinion about Van. Few performers inspire the extremes of love and hate that he does. As a long term Van fan I have a balanced view of the man. I love his music and my only opportunity to see him live (Berlin 2008) was a fantastic experience for me. However, I can see that he has treated a lot of people fairly poorly. It does remind me of the moment in the Bible where Jesus says "let him without sin cast the first stone." One thing my Christian faith tells me is that we are all flawed as human beings. The Bible says that everyone's "righteousness is as filthy rags". Even the best of humans are incredibly flawed. How do we even dare judge Sir Van when we have so many issues of our own? (Again, quoting the Bible which reminds us to "take the log out of our own eye before we take the speck out of our neighbour's eye".) It's ironic that Van is such a private individual yet his unusual behaviours at times causes even the most casual of observers to weigh in with an opinon.
The Guardian is a great site for significant Van articles. Here are some comments from readers.