I must say that Iâ€™ve a lot of sympathy for Jonny, Adam and the rest of the Edinburgh team. Perhaps I should declare an interest as Edinburgh is one of my almae matres
(is that the correct plural?) but I was delighted for them when they regained the title that the club last won in 1980 and it does seem not only unfortunate but rather inequitable that they have to buy membership of a foreign body on top of paying their own way. It must also seem like extra expense is their reward for winning â€“ had they not done so, there must have been a fair chance that they wouldnâ€™t be back this year â€“ and I can quite imagine they feel quite hard done by. And I donâ€™t see any problem with raising the issue on this forum â€“ where else would you raise an issue about chess being played in England, particularly when it seems that the consequences of the ECF membership scheme are an issue?
Mind you, Iâ€™ve sympathy for Alex H as well â€“ he appears to have done a tremendous job in revitalising the moribund BUCA, is rightly constrained by his constitution and I expect as an organiser the grief he gets far outweighs the thanks.
Of course, it would not be the first decision made at an AGM that is unfair or ill thought out, nor the first decision made in ignorance of any distinctive Scottish angle in a British context. Perhaps some compromise can be reached, possibly a refund of the excess of membership over game fee, and a deal to vote through an alternative measure for next year. Otherwise I fear BUCA will soon become a de facto
James Byrne wrote: I also find it quite cheeky that Edinburgh are complaining about these charges when they don't have to pay tuition fees.
Iâ€™m happy to be put right on this, but donâ€™t some students at Scottish Universities have to pay fees?
Andrew Zigmond wrote:In the same way tuition fees and the West Lothian question have raised their head on this thread and I have strong opinions on both, however it would be wrong of me to take these issues to Scottish students.
I must have missed the reference to the WLQ - is that the one about how far along the M8 corridor you have to go before you get salt and vinegar on your chips, instead of salt and sauce?