STOP PRESS4 February 2009
I no longer have a guaranteed seat on the Executive.
The Guild newsletter and the nomination papers clearly stated that nominations closed on Friday 30th January. I wrote to the Guild Secretary on 1st February asked that, as nominations were now closed, would she send me a list of the nominees. That was then emailed to me, with a note saying that there was no need for a ballot. I wrote my blog and put this news on Ravelry.
Today I received another email from the Guild complaining that I had put the list of nominees on Ravelry, where it could be seen by people who aren’t members of the Guild (I told you that secrecy was a bit of an obsession). I HAVEN’T put the list of nominations on Ravelry or anywhere else on the internet for that matter. The Guild also said that if I’d bothered to read the Constitution, it clearly states that nominations must be received no later than 28 days before the AGM, ie THIS Friday, not last. Since sending the list to me the Returning Officer has received two further nominations.
It’s quite obvious to me that neither the Secretary nor the Returning Officer had read the Constitution either, or if they had, they’d chosen to ignore the election rules to fit in with a newsletter deadline. But having received further nominations, they’d had no choice but to comply with the rules. Otherwise, why was I sent the nominations list BEFORE nominations had closed? Incidentally, I believe the latest two nominations to be quite valid in accordance with the Constitution, and should stand, even though it may mean that I don’t get a seat.
The Secretary has also demanded that I “IMMEDIATELY” (her capitals) remove the post on Ravelry.
Frankly, I’ve had enough. I’m not afraid of a battle and have been involved in all sorts of fights during my life. I even ended up in the High Court in London once for defending the rights of an elderly woman. Give me a good cause and I’ll do my best. But this isn’t about justice and human rights. This is about KNITTING. This isn’t the International Court of Human Rights, the United Nations, MI6 or the CIA. It’s KNITTING.
We were told that rather than whinge, we should nominate. So I did. But is this an organisation I really want to belong to? Give me 48 hours to calm down and I’ll let you know.