Increasingly over the last few weeks, I have been contacted by people concerned over the impact of the endless discussions on this forum. Each has advocated that ECF officials should disengage from this informal dialogue.
Sounds as though a few of them have been reading this blog! Anyway, Farthing has finally come to his senses and realised the enormous damage the ECF has suffered, as a result of its participation in the online kangaroo court, run by the likes of de Coverly and Horton. In recent weeks, these two have really excelled themselves, in their behaviour over the CAS timeline, seemingly each seeing himself as some sort of cross between Lord Leveson, Pontius Pilate and Klaus Barbie. "Sir Roger" rather gave the game away the other day, when he responded to one post from Farthing with the words
It would have saved a lot of interrogation to have said this in the first place
There it is, the "i-word - oh, how proud of himself he must be! Woodward and Bernstein must be in awe of him...
And "CITC" Horton went one better a few days before that. First he demanded the publication of the timeline, with the breathtakingly arrogant comment
I'd appreciate that timeline, whenever it can be produced.
Rather reminds one of a boss, talking to his secretary, doesn't it? "I'd appreciate that letter typed as soon as you can manage it, Miss Jones"! But once the timeline was published, he got even cockier, with the immortal comment:
Just to say thank you to Andrew Farthing for producing the time line. I've not digested it properly yet - we had a guest last night and a three-hour power cut - but I'm just working my way through it now. Questions may follow, I'm afraid.
I'm afraid I cannot help picturing some Gestapo officer, announcing to his hapless victim "So, tonight ve make ze party viz ze friends. But do not zink zat ve ve haf finished viz you yet! Ve vill be back tomorrow viz more qvestions for you, Englische Schweinhund!"
"For you, Farzing, ze var on ze Forum is over!" (photo: karnival-house.co.uk)
But such is the arrogance of these termites. They have no official position, they represent nobody, and they count for nothing. And it HURTS!
Well, now it's going to hurt even more, because Farthing has announced that he will take no further part in Forum discussions. He also threatens that
I intend to include the topic of how the ECF should engage with the English chess community on the agenda of the AGM in October
- clearly, a sign that relations with the Forum will once again be the subject of a Council discussion. Will it result in another Council fatwa against the Forum? And if so, how long will it be before the Board again votes to override Council's decision, with the same predictably disastrous consequences for English chess?
Watch this space.