… the Grande Loge de l’Alliance Maçonnique Française
Why ? Simply because François Stifani obtained 45% of the votes at today’s election of the new grand Master of the GLNF.
The other two on the podium were Jean Murat, ever the bridesmaid, never the bride, with exactly the same percentage as 4 years ago, 27%, followed by Jean-Pierre Servel, the Big Moustache clone, with 25%. I picked the trifecta in the correct order but I got the percentages wrong. César at the Bar de la Marine gets to keep his pastis ! The other candidates won’t even get their deposit back !
Let’s examine the result rationally. For more than two years Ephesse has been slashing through the Sovereign Grand Committee with a razor sharp machete. The slightest opposition was removed and replaced in larger numbers by Stifani “yes” men. 120 removed and replaced by 221. He has turned a once democratic body into his personal power base, selected by him to bow and scrape to his every whim. With armfuls of blue aprons for the asking. Who cares about talent or competence. The only necessity for a place in the SGC is to vote for François.
Theoretically Ephesse was a shoe in to win today. He should have come in with African banana republic scores nearing 90%. Perhaps he hasn’t been flying Air Bongo often enough recently. Quite honestly, 45% is a miserable score, an abject failure. With a totally captive Sovereign Grand Committee, selected personally by Stifani for Stifani, 45% is a total disaster for him. Effectively he elected himself. How come he only got 45% ? Because even his puppets have a few brains.
LML in English has heard rumours that a number of SGC members who are totally opposed to the current GLNF management deliberately voted for Ephesse, not because they want him to be Grand Master but exactly the opposite, to ensure he got the position and that the Brethren would leave in droves. if that is the truth, even his pathetic 45% is undermined. In fact re-electing François Stifani is by far and away the best thing that could happen for the GL-AMF. The more Brethren who join the greater its legitimacy on an international front. The greater the lkelihood of rapidly obtaining international Recognition. And, in an eventual lawsuit to recover part of the GLNF assets there is a legal precedent here in France (the CGT - CFDT trade union schism) whereby they are allocated on the basis of membership numbers. But that is years and mega millions of lawyers fees away !
An interesting aspect of this farce is that stifani's election must be ratified by an AGM where Lodge delegates vote. Will he have the numbers ? Only time and some more vote fixing will tell !
The one real winner from yesterday's farce is the blue apron and baubles manufacturing industry. They're guaranteed good business for at least the next five years. And Sébastien D...c,the Paris Province PGM, who pretends to be some sort of author can now get back to writing the "official authorised" GLNF centenary history. I can hardly wait for my autographed copy !!! Pride of place in the only room in the house where I'm left in peace.
See you in Tours on April 28th for the consecration of the Grande Loge de l’Alliance Maçonnique Française.