Thursday 25 May 2017

Race for Aras is becoming a real comedy of errors

Pat Cox: RTE was criticised by the BAI over his interview with Marian Finucane
Pat Cox: RTE was criticised by the BAI over his interview with Marian Finucane
James Downey

James Downey

WHEN an election candidate gets in a little bit of bother, you're naturally inclined to feel sorry for him or her. When the number of aspirants in bother rises close to half a dozen, you begin to wonder whether you are watching a race for the Presidency of Ireland or a circus.

David Norris's troubles arose from an interview he had given many years ago. In it, he mused about the sexual practices of the ancient Greeks. He should have known that it would be dug up and misunderstood.

Then he made a bigger mistake. He tried, clumsily, to explain and defend himself. The ancient Greeks knew that when you're in a hole you should stop digging.

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