Saturday, 30 July 2011
If what is being suggested is true and David Norris used his influence as a Senator to appeal for clemency for his former partner then today is a day when I find myself let down, disappointed and sorry for so many people who, like myself, have supported the Norris campaign.
A few months ago Norris found himself embroiled in another difficult situation when the content of an interview he had given to Magil magazine concerning aspects of his homosexuality and thoughts on pederasty and underage sex. I like to consider myself very liberal. I listened to his thoughts with care and found it difficult to fully understand and accept his views.
I was particularly struck when he said:
“I cannot understand how anybody could find children of either sex in the slightest bit attractive sexually… but in terms of classic paedophilia as practised by the Greeks, for example, where it is an older man introducing a younger man to adult life, there can be something said for it. And in terms of North African experience this is endemic. Now, again, this is not something that appeals to me.”
Subsequent to this controversy a poll suggested that support for Norris was not only unaffected by the comments but he was leading the field of those declared as contenders in the presidential election. I hoped that this would be the last of the skeletons to emerge from Norris’s closet. Something told me it wasnt to be the case.
Hearing of the latest rumours emerging in relation to Ezra Tizhak Nawi it was my initial reaction to view the story as another attempt to drag up Mr Norris’s past once again in order to smear his campaign. However listening to Elaine Byrne on Saturday View this morning it was clear that this story was going to be damaging.
A letter allegedly exists and is due to come to light in which Mr Norris uses Senate writing paper to appeal for clemency for Mr Tizhak Nawi in relation to his conviction by an Israeli court of having sex with an underage male in 1992.
If the story is true then Mr Norris has displayed an incredible lack of judgement. Supporters of Senator Norris are calling this episode a smear campaign. It is not a smear campaign if what we are being told proves the man's judgement unsuitable for role of Irish president.
Others have suggested that this is yet again a witch hunt against the Senator by a group of homophobic individuals on a mission to block Norris’s way to the Aras. if the alleged letter exists then there is no witch hunt but what there is is a major questionmark over the suitability of the man to hold the office of president.
Someone commented on Twitter this afternoon:
'Let he who is without sin cast the first...'.May be case to answer but shouldn't we allow Sen. #Norris to explain before rush to judgement.
I sincerely hoped that the lastest controversy would be dealt with swiftly. But all day we have seen resignations by those heading up his campaign, we have seen politicians already signed up to support his candidacy getting itchy feet and we have seen nothing of the Senator. Those of us who like me have suddenly felt let down by the ‘people’s’ candidate deserve to hear from the man himself. We are now told that he is speaking to the Sunday papers. We must wait until tomorrow to hear the explanation behind another controversy to arrive at the Senator’s door.
It is not good enough.