I'm at a complete loss.
At the end of last year I was genuinely going to join the CTC for a number of reasons and benefits to myself. I even called the 'membership department' twice. But niggling away at my mind was this impending change and all the negativity associated with the comments on this forum and elsewhere.
It just didn't feel right to me to chuck £40 (which is a lot for me) towards such uncertainty. Fairly recently I ended my time and membership with a wildlife charity that was flailing in the mud. The noises made here are so similar to my observations of that charity. That charity was run by megalomaniacs and a self proclaimed elite who made all the decisions themselves without the input of the paying members. In order: membership dropped off to an unsustainable level and the 'management' eventually fell out with each other and all was left to fall into a black hole. Fundamentally, the younger members had their noses put out of joint and disappeared. Without the next generation, it's pretty obvious as to how sustainable things can be.
I know the CTC can't be everything to everybody, but I still can't find anything that is appealing to the general, bike owning, populous. Why join C.U.K.? What benefit is there? And that said, why, why, why go in a direction that is of little appeal to a paying membership/market that you already have in the bag? From comments on here, it sounds like they've done a pretty good job of annoying a lot of their existing 'client base'. Madness.
I love this forum and I'm very fond of many of the contributors, but this present mess has me holding onto my £40 for now. The door isn't shut, but I'm going to sit back and see where the change takes us. Well, current members and oiks like me who might join all being well.
Fence sitting? Yup