Had the council of the RHS announced its plans for the Lindley Library by September, any member could have put forward a resolution opposing the move. Next year, if the new by-laws are passed, such a resolution (always supposing the council has not already pre-empted the issue) will need 100 signatures. The new by-laws also increase the number of members' signatures required to call a special meeting from 50 to 500, thereby making it virtually impossible to force a vote on the Lindley Library issue by calling a special meeting.
I suggest that, to retain the democratic right to vote on the Lindley Library move, and on any other matters of future concern, members should vote against the proposed new by-laws. Postal votes have to be in by 17 February.
Yours faithfully, E. A. Greaves London, W5
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