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Bell: It's the Farkas Fracas down at city hall

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We didn’t think they’d be grappling over the budget for real.

But here we are. Mud flying everywhere. A malfunction at the junction.

A legendary radio reporter says it reminds him of bygone wrestling days with Sweet Daddy Siki and Archie (The Stomper) Gouldie mixing it up while announcer Ed Whalen swings his microphone in disgust.

City council is supposed to be debating a budget with four years of tax hikes and four years of ever-growing spending.

Then all hell breaks loose.

On Tuesday morning, the politicians go behind closed doors to talk about their negotiations with city unions.

The unions aren’t agreeing to wage freezes yet.

The clock ticks. Finally city council comes back from their secret chinwag.

Jeromy Farkas, the councillor least likely to be invited to a city hall group hug, is fit to be tied.

Farkas cries foul. He says council members are using bullying tactics behind closed doors, attacking his position and the moment he tries to defend himself they stage a walkout.

He wants to object in the strongest terms.

Nenshi will have none of it. He says when you play with fire this can happen.

The mayor says........

© Calgary Sun