There was a meeting of Napo's National Executive Committee last week and I understand from a number of sources that some key decisions were made, the main one being to adopt as a matter of urgency Harry Fletcher's 50 point 'Action Plan'. I also understand it was decided to extend Harry's contract to the end of September in order to see the plan implemented.
As many readers will be aware, Harry has been beavering away in Parliament on Napo's behalf for some time and clearly feels there's further work to be done in undermining the whole case for TR amongst politicians. With so little evidence of anything much going on at Napo in the fight against TR, it's got to be very welcome news for members indeed, but it doesn't appear to deal with other issues such as press and PR.
I gather there was some lively discussion of press and PR matters at the NEC, leading to some fractious exchanges and a public apology. This is not a good sign and there seems to be a remarkable ability by some people at the top to fail to acknowledge there is a problem at all, let alone one that needs addressing urgently. I hear repeatedly of calls not being answered or returned and an inability to produce timely press releases.
Something has got to be done and I feel I must repeat my previous suggestion that engaging a PR company asap would appear to be a good use of members funds.