We are not usually giving our opinion about the Brontë Society wars because, as a matter of fact, it is something we don't really like to report. But the resignation of Bonnie Greer as President is actually the straw that broke the camel's back.
We are sick of these nitpicking intestine wars between the so-called 'modernists' and 'establishment' and the dirty war played on the newspapers between them. We don't forget that all of them (but not all of them in the same way and with the same unscrupulous behaviour) have been leaking to the press opinions and comments denigrating the Society or the critics: the critics are 'agitators', the museum staff is leaving in an 'atmosphere of bullying and criticism', calling the President 'the American lady' in a mocking ton and so on. This is not the way in which to help the Society, this is not the way to show your love for the Brontë legacy, this is not the way to celebrate their lives and works. Regrettably, it seems that maybe this is the way to win or maintain a seat in the Council, whatever the cost.
And the point is that it doesn't matter anymore who is right, if anyone. The damage is done. Years of building a corporative image have been lost and the new Council will have a very difficult time to recover the pathetic image the Society as a whole has been given to the world these last few years.
This is not the way to settle the differences, even if they are genuine and sincere. Because the image the Society conveys is that everybody there wants a piece of the Brontë cake (which now with the upcoming bicentenaries looks like a pretty appetising cake): the 'snobs' who run the Society ignoring the Haworth natives with the help of American ladies on the one side and the indigenous population who as the chosen people of the Brontë cult deserve the biggest cut, on the other side.
Is this really the image that the Society wants to project? Because this is the one that it is delivering.