As the G.M. of the G.NL.F. slides inexorably towards the edge of the precipice and his lemmings watch and wait to follow, as a Forget-Me-Not Brother in France I have to wonder if the UGLE's stance to date is in keeping with its international role.
While I can easily understand and respect the fact that London would not wish to be seen to be interfering in a sovereign jurisdiction's internal affairs, when the persistent behaviour of a G.M. brings FreemasonryFreemasonry in general into sr disrepute and makes us all a laughing stock, surely it is time to say goodbye.
So far, the only reaction from London has been a short missive calling on our G.M. to explain the background behind the alleged "forged" letter to the President of the Republic. The terms of the letter afford the G.M. the possibility of replying adequately to the request for information with just two sentences – "It's a forgery" and "I'm taking legal action". Matter closed.
It will be quite some time before the French courts hand down a ruling and if the UGLE thinks that its letter was a warning shot across the bows, they obviously underestimate their target.
When over 20,000 Brothers not only want rid of the man but also wish to restore Masonic values, the UGLE has a legitimate role to play and that is why we look to it to intervene… If it wants to, that is.
Perhaps the powers-that-be in Great Queen's Street are holding their breath and thinking "There but for the grace of God go I"?
We will be meeting in Paris on 5th February to re-found the GNLF.
Will the UGLE be there with us or will they still wait and see?