On the complexity of Rob Ford
In his blog on the Rob Ford imbroglio today, Philip Preville hits a walk-off home run. Preville gets it exactly right. The entire blessed mess is sad, tedious and points to the need for the 24/7 news maw to step back occasionally and wonder silently at the horror that is our human lot.
Still, I can’t help but comment, however briefly, on the video Preville includes. It shows Ford berating Globe columnist John Barber just steps away from council chambers. Barber—tall, slim, phlegmatic, cerebral and just a touch supercilious—is all Upper Canada College and Globe and Mail. Rob Ford is, um, the opposite. If there are two minutes of tape demonstrating that white guys too are heterogeneous, this is it.
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