The ePetition I launched - with 1100 signatures already (well beyond my expectations) - is now fully fledged, and has taken on a life of its own. Although it originated from Raspberry Pi, it doesn't mention the Foundation directly, as the issue it seeks to get addressed is far more widespread, and seems to have struck a cord in several other spheres. Thanks to all who contributed positively.
However, some of the posts on this thread have, quite frankly, been disappointing, and far from projecting the aims, aspirations, and achievements of the Foundation, they have painted their posters in a somewhat ugly light. I'm sad to have been any part of that.
Whilst it is obvious that some have very strongly held views, I don't believe this is the correct place to air them.
Several disscussion groups I belong to have a rule along the lines of "no discussing religion or politics". All I will add here is: Thank God* we didn't get onto religion!
Can I respectfully suggest to the Forum Admins that this thread is now drawn gently to a close. It has served its purpose.
(* by "God", I mean whoever or whatever you consider to be the arbiter of all things)