Plain folk have given politicians a lesson in the art of tolerance
Published 08/08/2011 | 05:00
IN the coldest July for 50 years, there can have been few more depressing cameos than the sight of David Norris, his dignity intact, bravely hauling the flag of his presidential campaign down to half-mast -- run aground on the reefs of prejudice and the faint hearts of the crew.
It was a 'Casabianca' moment: the boy stood on the burning deck whence all but he had fled.
Brought down by misjudgment, in writing a letter 15 years ago or in how he handled its reappearance, he would have found Machiavelli a better mentor than Plato.