Although it is 30 years since I saw Giuseppe Verdi's last opera, Falstaff, I was so struck by Rob Ford's gesture and expression in the photograph accompanying the Nov. 14 article Document reveals more allegations that I commented to my wife, "What a Falstaff he would make!"
The analogy is even more appropriate when one takes into consideration that the opera ends with Falstaff leading the cast and chorus in a gigantic fugue, complex enough in its contrapuntal structure to be worthy of Johann Sebastian Bach, but it is the words that are most poignantly apt:
"Everything in the world is a joke. Man is born a jester."
Recently, indeed, it appears that at all levels of government in Canada, everything in the world is a joke. Unfortunately, the joke is always at the expense of the voters.