Monday, July 15, 2013

Why Can't We Condemn Vulgarity as Vulgarity?

The redoubtable David Norris makes a series of smutty witticisms in the Senate, and the victim of his scorn complains about his "sexist and deeply inappropriate language". Why not just condemn his witticisms for what they were-- crude and vulgar? (A man who entitles his biography A Kick Against the Pricks, taking snide refuge in a Biblical allusion, can hardly be expected to be anything else.)

Having said that, I am on his side in this instance. I am all in favour of keeping the Seanad-- although the matter seems trivial indeed compared to the much more weighty controversy that has been embroiling the country in recent months.

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