Pick your metaphor.
Two gunslingin’, gamblin’ desperadoes in a cowboy saloon, each pushing out a mountain of poker chips to the centre of the table.
Flying aces, their biplanes screaming head-on at each other, playing chicken in a deadly dogfight high above the Western Front. Two knights in armor on mighty steeds, lances levelled as they close the gap on a storied field of battle.
Gladiators, hailing Caesar before getting down to business.
Surrey Mayor Brenda Locke and Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth are undoubtedly standing in such political boots, each firmly planted in their adamantine, take-no-prisoners feud over the future of policing in Surrey.
It’s a high-stakes game, with hundreds of millions of tax dollars and political careers on the table.
Who will blink? Chicken out? Fall? Get thumbs-downed by voters?
Who, of these two politicians – one a former Liberal MLA, the other currently an NDP MLA – is Achilles and who is Hector?
It requires no great stretch of the imagination to conjure up the image of voters introducing one of these to the political flames of perdition come next election.
But which, and when?
Will it happen on the provincial election on Oct. 19, 2024, or on the civic election of Oct. 17, 2026?
The stage has been set, the die is cast, the point of no return boldly crossed by both warriors.
The political reality, where Farnworth and Locke are concerned, will come to one of two things: The thrill of victory, or agony of defeat.