Any time Andy you stick to your guns mate. Ive known for a long time that the AT would fail its just that the damage they are doing in the mean time is just adding more and more nails to "Angling Unities" coffin and alienating yet another generation of anglers hoping for representation.
By the time all the sad old faces have died they will have screwed it up so much that even when a new group of faces come along to try and get the job done the whole concept of "Angling Unity" and representation for all will simply have been tarred beyond recovery.
I'm sure you know all the people I'm on about as they have been lurking in angling politics as members of many "new" angling bodies (all have which have failed by making the same mistakes) for a lot of my adult life. Ironically I bet some will end up with gongs for it as well!
My concern is that they will apply some of their style of help and assistance to the sea anglers. They have demonstrated help with the eel and tope specis without consultation. The only time the trust appears over the parapet is for a foto shoot for example, in front of big ben with some m p or other. I have yet to see them down the sea side let alone on an angling boat, yet their expertise knows, no bounds.
There is also something concerning voting rights for members and the agm. i heard that members don't actually have a voice in voting whoever on or off the board. Perhaps someone can clear that one up.
I note they had a exciting press release regarding so many clubs having joined the trust. How many individual sea anglers have joined, or pulling hens teeth a more practicle excercise. Andy, don't let or take it to a personal level and you will do fine. No problem with having and pointing out differences of opinion mate.
Edited by barry luxton, 23 December 2011 - 08:35 AM.