Bruce Arnold: Norris attempts to rewrite history in this less than frank book about his life
A good newspaper stands over what it publishes. It does so in the belief that its purpose, in bringing new matter to the attention of readers serves the public interest. This surely should have been the view of the editor of the 'Irish Times' and his staff in presenting to its readers large extracts from the autobiography of the recent but unsuccessful presidential candidate, David Norris. If ever a book needed some editorial comment, this one did.
Mr Norris is, after all, deservedly famous -- or infamous, depending on your point of view, though both apply -- and his recent run for president was full of the ambiguities one associates with his chequered life.
Mr Norris was the leading candidate for much of the race, and had more than double the support of the other declared candidates in January 2011. He withdrew in August 2011 but returned to the race the following month due to his continuing widespread popular appeal, as he saw it. In reality, it had diminished appreciably. Predictably enough, the adverse circumstances of his candidacy multiplied and, from then to polling day he was struggling against them.