From: Breaking very bad: Rob Ford's season four finale.
Ford has now taken a "leave of absence" from being mayor in name only
and from his campaign. Presumably this is a last ditch effort to try to
stay in the race at all. Presumably it seeks to distract, at an early
stage, from the appalling behaviour, misconduct and criminal activity.
We must ensure that it does not. Quite apart from civic policy, where
Rob Ford's agenda is profoundly reactionary, his personal misconduct is
a political issue of tremendous import.
If a wealthy white male with many political connections is never held
to account for misogyny, homophobia, racism, intimidation of opponents,
self-admitted criminal activity and obviously outrageous and
unacceptable behaviour "on the job" that would get any other worker
doing any other job fired, then one has to think that the political and
judicial system that we live in now is just as corrupted and compromised
as it ever was. Maybe it is.
Stepping "aside" to supposedly get "help" is not enough. Ford's
conduct is not wrong because he has "problems." It is wrong because of
who he is and what he represents. Rehab will not change the fact that he
is an abusive bigot.
That was what he always was and is intrinsic to not only his
politics, but also the politics of those who support and supported him.
Read the full article here: http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/michael-laxer/2014/05/breaking-very-bad-rob-fords-season-four-finale