The Pisan Propaganda Ministry has taken 3 whole days to produce their interpretation of the events of last Saturday. The document, the new form of “Brèves”, takes the title “Communiqué from the Grand Council” and is dated today, December 6th. Taking inspiration from Goebbels the communiqué is a classic in disinformation.
According to their version “approximately one hundred” disturbed the meeting. Readers will note that I do not use the usual term of “Grand Lodge Meeting” because it was convened by François Stifani, purporting to be Grand Master of the GLNF, a function he abandoned of his own volition way back in January when he resigned as president of the GLNF Association.
Those inside the stadium who voiced the rejection of the Stifani management team were not approximately one hundred. If we accept the communiqué’s figure of some 2000 Brethren then there were well over one thousand who stood up to be counted and said “NON !”. In just the small sector where I was seated there were hundreds of Brethren voicing their disapproval of François Stifani and his apparatchiks. You only have to look at any one of the numerous videos posted on internet to understand that a figure of 100 is an insult to your intelligence.
I wonder how many the opposition would have been if all Brethren who have been struck off and the more than 200 Lodges that are suspended (more than 1 in 8 !) had been allowed to enter the stadium.
And outside in the street there were 150 to 200 Brethren who demonstrated their disapproval with dignity, watched over by 20 coach loads of CRS (elite French riot police). I think François Stifani opted for the “overkill” button !
The communiqué purports that the opposition inside the stadium was organised and orchestrated. Poppycock ! In my previous article I wrote that prior to the beginning of the ceremony there was a sort of unusual tension in the air, nothing tangible and certainly nothing orchestrated. During the entire two and a half hours I did not see a single order or directive given by any Brother. For the entire time two of the Myosotis blog moderators (among the most consulted on a daily basis) were in my view. They gave no commands and they weren’t waving their arms orchestrating anything.
The communiqué suggests there were nazi salutes. Not where I was seated ! If there were, show us the photos or the videos. The lighting was certainly strong enough and we know the entire event was filmed both officially and by spectators.
“Hooligans” the communiqué calls the opposition. Maybe they should watch videos of a football match riot to understand what the term “hooligan” really means.
Yes, the various speeches were interrupted by cries for Stifani’s resignation and accusations of lies when it was claimed that the GLNF management was extending the hand of appeasement to the Jurisdictions. What else would you say when for months you have read the baseless accusations that François Stifani lays at the door of the 3 Jurisdictions and the UGLE, when your fellow Brethren are struck off merely because they informed the national secretariat that their Lodge had rallied to the ULRF or your Lodge is suspended for totally unfounded reasons and the Obedience you love is rejected by international Freemasonry because of the megalomanic posturing of one man ???
The communiqué invites those who were present to assume their responsibility and to give a truthful account in their Lodges. I assume responsibility for my participation and I have already told the truth (see FS = Fiasco Show). And as Worshipful Master of my Lodge I have already given a truthful account of the events to each and every member.
We learn at the end of the communiqué that a new meeting will be organised “under conditions that will ensure the Brethren are not disturbed by uncontrolled elements”. There were 20 coachloads of CRS on Saturday. How many the next time ? And with rottweilers, no doubt, watchtowers at each corner and razor wire at the top of the stairs !!!
Last minute : In a letter to the Brethren of his Province, Henri PONS, PGM of Guyenne Gascogne suggests that a new meeting of Grand Lodge will be convened as early as next week. Given the effort that went into organising last Saturday's non-event I find it difficult to believe the Pisan management would risk another major GLNF meeting so soon after the most recent debacle. And given the publicity surrounding her revenue figures I'd be surprised if Miss Monique would authorise the expenditure. Of course, there will be some economies in the foreign delegations area !