Randy McDonald (rfmcdpei) wrote,

[URBAN NOTE] "If Ford won’t quit, he deserves defeat"

This, the Toronto Sun's editorial, may signal the end of Ford Nation. The Toronto Sun is the populist right-wing tabloid of note in Toronto, after all. Without the Sun's sympathy, what does he have?

Two months ago, Mayor Rob Ford publicly pledged he was done drinking.

On Monday night, he was caught on video appearing to be in a drunken state, mimicking what is colloquially called a Jamaican accent and insulting Police Chief Bill Blair.

Ford has admitted drinking but insists the incident was no big deal and that he was out with friends on his personal time.

But that’s not the issue. The issue is Ford made a public pledge not to drink and then did.

The issue is that Ford has become Ford’s biggest enemy, because he is incapable of doing what he himself said just two months ago was in his own best interest — to stop drinking.

This in the wake of his previous admission that he had smoked crack cocaine — which he lied about for months — while in a “drunken stupor.” And other incidents, where he appeared to be intoxicated in public.

And his own admission, when questioned at city council, that while serving as the chief magistrate of Toronto, he had bought illegal drugs.

Ford has denied he is addicted to alcohol or drugs.

We’re not doctors. We don’t know if he’s an addict.

But we do know he clearly has a serious problem with alcohol, if not drugs, and he’s not going to be able to address it as long as he continues in the high pressure job of mayor.
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