The curious case of the anonymous letter requesting Gary Bishop’s departure.
It s a mystery that would tax the combined brains of Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot and Sherlock Holmes himself.
DemolitionNews is in receipt of a copy of a letter addressed to the current 2nd vice president of the National Federation of Demolition Contractors, calling for his resignation. It has also been received at the NFDC’s Resurgam House headquarters although the Federation has said there will be no response to the anonymous letter.
Adding to the mystery still further, the anonymous letter is signed in Latin. The Latin translates as “to each his own”. The letter is also purportedly sent from an address that is the home of the Royal Society of Arts in London.
The letter is reproduced (below):
This letter is to inform you that we request you step down from advancing to the roll [sic] of Vice President National Federation of Demolition Contractors (NFDC) when you retire the position as second vice president. The General feeling amongst the membership is you make room for someone with the Commitment time energy passion and Leadership to devote to this roll [sic].
You have previously stated that in your opinion officers should not seek re-election to the same position and that you see your roll [sic] to act as caretaker till a suitable candidate steps forward. It is clear from the information received from the NFDC HQ that this time has now arrived. Everyone agrees a change is necessary. Over the past years it seems that certain members of the board were more interested in campaigning for their board position than in developing worthwhile policies. The board needs to focus efforts on improving the performance of the NFDC and to effectively represent the interest of all members. We are confident with the new leadership the Federation can move forward on a more solid footing.
History will judge the NFDC will be best served by your honourable decision to withdraw which will contribute to the stability and prosperity for years to come.
It would be appreciated if your last official duty ensures a smooth transition minimising disruption to NFDC operations. We would like to express our thanks to you for many years of service and a debt of gratitude for the input you have had.
Bishop was previously President of the National Federation of Demolition Contractors in 2011 to 2013. During his time, he was forced to call an Extraordinary General Meeting to address what was described at the time as “member apathy”.