Tom, who signs off the shotgun licence for an entity that repeatedly shoots itself in the foot?
The general theme of the article is trite. "Stop being mean" is an argument trotted out by an organisation that does not really seem to take on board criticism. You are obviously highly politically ambitious and keen to defend people you aspire to work for / with.
I would like to see a loud and critical voice within RCGP that does not need to seek permission before voicing anything other than the party line. The cabal is one of 'yes men/women'.
As someone that works outside the M25 the value of membership just does not exist. I don't need a cheap London hotel, I don't need to attend courses that would take my entire day just to commute to. RCGP needs to work out what it is and what it is not and stick to it (as do other organisations). Corporate hospitality, selling wealth management advice and / or taking on crayola should not be part of that.