Toronto’s Tory bull Mayor is stripped of 60% of his budget…

Well, if you thought it was impossible to get rid of our politicians, Canada trumps it. Toronto’s city council decided their mayor Rob Ford could be got rid of so the council is taking a big chunk of his mayoral budget away from him

Ford’s folksy mix of tea party conservatism makes him very popular with his base, though his eccentric behaviour comprises admission that he smoked crack cocaine, and last night taking a lunge at the press gallery (knocking over a fellow councillor in the process) where a vociferous protest had been trying to drown him out as he spoke in the council chamber…

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