At the end of the meeting of PGMs and the « Grand Council » held in Nice last Friday, Ephesse declared via his legal eagle, Balloo the Legal Bear, that he will not stand for a second term of office.
And Balloo added that the designation of the new candidate for Grand Master will be determined at a meeting of the SGC on August 31st, called by … …Ephesse !!!
After 31 months of unprecedented conflict and internal turmoil can the GLNF see the light at the end of the tunnel ? It the Stifani era about to end ? Will the UGLE abandon its stated intention to withdraw recognition of the GLNF ? Will Miss Monique disappear from the picture ?
To all those questions the answer is a firm “NO” !!!
As soon as she heard of Balloo’s statement, Miss Monique declared that she would call the next meeting of the SGC “after the summer holidays”. And the latest prolongation of her appointment by Justice Kurz confirms she has all the powers to do so.
Whether Ephesse or Miss Monique call the meeting and on what date is of little importance. The SGC is not at all representative of the GLNF Brethren. It is composed essentially of puppets put in place by Ephesse, devoted to his every whim and fancy. So it is most unlikely that the SGC will designate a candidate satisfactory to the Lodges and the Brethren.
By tradition the outgoing Grand Master presents his Deputy Grand Master. But the last DGM, Lapdog Cano, “resigned” recently. Did he jump or was he pushed ? Ephesse has declared he will appoint a new DGM shortly. The rumoured name is Jacquet the Riviera Pirate. Such a candidature has the merit of coming from the Riviera coast, as did Charbonniaud, Foellner and Ephesse himself. The clan will be happy. And the stage will be set for a Poutine – Medvedev arrangement. Ephesse continues to pull the strings while his successor wears the biggest blue apron. And after 5 years waiting in the wings Ephesse can make the greatest comeback since Lazarus !!!
We are told that the Ephesse team is making overtures to Great Queen Street to not proceed with the withdrawal of Recognition on September 12th. The UGLE is more than well informed of happenings within the GLNF and this latest pirouette by the Pisan Duce will not change their thinking. Rather it will confirm their resolve to sever all ties with the “French bordel”.
Another question is “Can we be sure that Ephesse will not stand again ?” Nothing is further from the truth. Remember last year when he announced his intention to place his mandate in the hands of the SGC in June 2011 ? More than 12 months later we are still waiting to see him do it.
The whole sad story of the crisis is filled with such broken promises. Miss Monique, when are you going to order the in-depth audit you promised way back in July 2011 ? And, Miss Monique, another question, when are you going to produce the principal ledger, as you have promised to do ? The right to access to the full accounts of an association is a fundamental right the laws covering associations in France. Could it be that there are too many skeletons hiding within the pages of the ledger ?
In the meantime the GL-AMF continues its steady progression with 475 Lodges and a membership of 9406 Brethren. More and more the international masonic community is taking serious notice of this new major player on the French masonic scene, particularly since it maintains a policy of total transparency and adheres totally to the fundamental principles of Regularity.