We Missed The Boat
Let’s fast forward 5 years and presume David Norris’ election went as well as we all presumed (or feared) it would. Ireland has the first openly gay president. How cool is that? Not just cool, but let’s also be honest – this whole “gay” thing will eventually become irrelevant in the overall scheme of things, nobody will care what anyone else gets up to as the older generations die off, so we’d be seen as a progressive nation, eradicating prejudice from our political halls in an attempt to make the world a better place.
Doesn’t this sound a lot better than the current stereotypes the world seems all too keen to attach to us?
I think so.
The man had style, the man was an excellent public speaker and motivator, but his flaw was one which none of us can claim to be immune to – skeletons which reside, ironically, in the closet.
Jeebus once said –
“Let he who is without skeletons cast the first stone”, or words to that effect, if indeed he ever said anything at all.
If we’re to go into detail about the latest “revelation” regarding actions undertaken on behalf of a previous lover who’d been charged with statutory rape in Israel, it gets a little fuzzy, on a moral level. Should we cut off all ties with friends and family who’ve done something wrong? Should we not appeal to a justice system who are traditionally severe and over the top with their punishments, to show leniency to our loved ones?
In my opinion, the error Norris made was not to try help his ex-lover, but the fact he used his company stationary to do so – and his company at the time was the country.
This was a long time ago, and it’s clear it has only come to light now in an attempt (and a successful one at that) to derail his campaign. THIS is what scares me about the backwardness of this little island, and resembles some sneaky tactics and nonsense which was employed to ruin Barack Obama in the US. If this “scandal” had come to light when it happened, or indeed when it was discovered, then maybe David Norris would have resigned from the public eye there and then.
As it stands, this information was withheld, or “lost”, and unleashed at a time when the fear of having a gay president was choking the parochial gullet of this backward, shit-hole of a country.