Posted 04 February 2003 - 02:11 PM
If I could reply to a number of facts stated by Neil York
1. Mr York says that I was asked to contribute to a Condon article on the Campaigners website, with or without [sic] credit, and that I declined the offer.
This was my answer, quoting from my reply (Jan 7) : "I would rather not do that, and keep it for my own website. I'm sure you understand. As we have agreed some months ago [August 2002] I trust you keep it confidential right now."
- I could and maybe should have added that one and maybe the main reason of my declining was that I knew about the anti-CWGC reputation of Mr York's website, and that my attitude with regard to this was very different.
- I did not realize at the time that my words "right now" by Mr York would be interpreted as : "until Feb 2, not any longer". In no way was it suggested at that time (Jan 7) that Mr York was about to start his "parallel" investigation more than 6 months after I had started mine.
- This also to show that it is wrong when Mr York in a higher reply seems to interpret "parallel" as "simultaneous".
2. It is true that I have told people about my research. Also because I thought it was important to hear other people's advice. At one occasion I have told some visitors I happened to meet at Poelcapelle British Cemetery. I see no harm in that. Certainly less harm than Mr York continuing the John Condon research without my knowing for his own gain, and forgetting to tell people he contacted, that I was the one who had started it and given him the basic information.
3. It is true, as Mr York stated, that he contacted Waterford Registration Office and was informed that there had been many inquiries about John Condon in the past months. Let it be clear : these were not inquiries that came from me.
Could it be that Mr York got into a panic, realizing that another party (whoever that was) could rob him of his scoop and publicity for his website ?
To support this view : 6 hours later I received an email with his words "It looks like the Condon bug has now bitten me :-)"
The panic bug I assume.
It was from that moment on that Mr York started to ask as much of my research results as possible. To this, in all honesty, I must add that later he gave me information too. Not substantial, but confirming my conclusions at the time.
As to the last paragraph of Mr York's posting. Yes, there is a large silent majority. 600 or more people have read this thread. Only two dozen or so have replied. But I think that it is a bit premature to conclude that many or most will support Mr York or "are perhaps afraid of going against the party line". If the silent majority, however, wants to voice their feelings against my point of view : no problem as far as I am concerned. I am prepared.
Since Mr York refers to our email correspondence, I see no reason why I should refrain from doing the same.
On Jan 12 Mr York wrote : "I'm being honest and straightforward with you now Aurel. My heart says I can't betray the trust placed in me. I'm between the devil and the deep blue sea."
Obviously Mr York chose for the devil.
When I emailed to Mr York last Sunday, immediately after I had learned quite coincidentally that a few hours later the John Condon article would be published on Mr York's and Mr Morcombe's website, and indignantly asked if this was really true, Mr York's audacious answer was : "Yes. We were going to let you know just as soon as it was posted. Of course I'll understand perfectly if you're unhappy, and I hope we won't allow the matter to sour our friendship." (Similar words on Mr York's website.)
Mark the words : "just as soon as it was posted". So : after. Not before. I certainly can assure that Mr York's "openness" had soured my Sunday, to say the least. Hence my initial posting in this thread.
At that time I knew with absolute certainty that Mr York indeed had a different dictionary, in which the word "Gentlemen's Agreement" mentions an expiration term. It seems I will have to find an update of my dated dictionary.
Mr. York, I know you will react like a devil in the holy water font (literal translation of a Flemish expression), but don't you think it is about time to give up your desperate attempts in a hopeless situation ?