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Ford follies: a continuing series

From a respected Toronto municipal columnist:

In essence, someone has to save the mayor from himself. He cannot be rehabilitated. He doesn’t “get it” when it comes to appropriate behaviour of a public official. He is surrounded by too many people who embolden him and too few who can knock sense into his ample skull.

But there is a tipping point, a straw that will send the embarrassing bundle that’s Rob Ford tumbling into obscurity. You can bet on Rob Ford being Rob Ford — which means he won’t see it coming.

From a respected Conservative analyst, in the pages of the Sun no less:

No one disputes Ford’s passion for the game of football and helping kids, but does this give him a free pass to ignore and skirt rules and regulations he does not agree with?

Unlike Ford, the kids who participate in his football program cannot do the same thing in life without suffering serious consequences.

When Ford does it, he is being a poor role model for these young people, as much as he may sincerely want to help them.

If it was just a one-off situation, most people would look the other way. But as the litany of the mayor’s bad judgment calls is revealed, what lessons are these kids actually learning from him?

5 Responses to “Ford follies: a continuing series”

  1. Harith says:

    Don’t forget that Rob Ford himself said that so-called “hug a thug” programs don’t work.

  2. Bluegreenblogger says:

    I cannot believe it, but I am getting tired of poking fun at the Fords. Every week, a new headline or two that defies the imagination, and they are not limited to bashings from the Toronto Star anymore, as you pointed out here. The Globe has started dumping on him (them?) Even the Sun for crissakes! Royson has it 100% correct, The Fords are unable to act differently. This comedic duo just keep on spewing it out for our edification and entertainment. I do not believe that Rob Ford will have a pot to piss in by the next election. I do hope that they continue to swallow their own koolaid about the Ford Nation, because then they will in fact run again, and someone normal and reasonably intelligent can go up the middle. Let Doug have the Etobicoke Ward, and Rob can turn to coaching football full-time. He will undoubtedly be happier, as will the once proud city that he is embarrassing so much.

  3. Reality.Bites says:

    Every time Ford does something outrageous I remember that he’s yet to do anything to begin to compare to the stuff he’d been pulling for YEARS before the election. The voters who elected him, and the voters in Etobicoke who elected him many times before that, have a lot to answer for.

  4. Warren says:

    Volunteer on your own time. Not when the taxpayer is paying you to work.

  5. W the K - No, not Warren says:

    That is not what’s happening.

    You don’t leave an Executive Committee (that the mayor’s committee – the equivalent of cabinet in higher levels of government) meeting 5 hours early to coach volunteer football. And a scrimmage no less.

    This is the largest city in Canada, not a rural hamlet.

    Are you from here Joe? If so, your mayor is not working for you full time.

    And, for the love of God, “volunteering” is not the issue with this mess of a mayoralty. That’s just the Ford’s pathetic talking point.

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