The support group groupies have issued another ban. They have attempted to slap an exclusion order on another long-standing member, in addition to the one they have meted out to my friend, the bricklayer.
This latest victim hasn’t been to a meeting in Surrey for seven years because the last time he went, the local area committee accused him of something so Orwellian it was impossible for him to do anything other than leave.
They accused him of believing in God too much. During a ridiculous row over whether members should be forced to applaud the giving out of sobriety chips, this fellow wouldn’t back down in his belief that they should not be forced, because where was God in that sort of regime? A bigwig since made chairman duly staged a vote making it compulsory to clap, then when the member next refused, by way of protest, he threw him out that very evening and told him not to come back.
Oh, they trumped up some bogus allegation that he had given advice on medication – the cardinal sin – in order to really frighten everybody, but he absolutely had not. They are fitting people up.
My friend, the bricklayer, was banned for having criminal convictions, a fact that definitely ought not to exclude him. They cannot even claim this other member is a safety risk as he has an exemplary record.
What is clearly happening is that a small clique of busybodies have become drunk on the power they have wrongly assigned themselves. They ought not to be doing anything other than serving the dozens of support group meetings in their area by performing certain organisational duties.
But a few of them have taken it upon themselves to run the meetings according to their own aims, which appear highly questionable.