Following the decision of the Union not to stock copies of its Honorary President Eric Hatton’s book, Taking Up The Challenge, the President, the Vice-President (Administrative) and the General Secretary of the Union held a meeting with Mr Hatton, Hugh Davis and Susan Farrow to discuss the matters which had led to this decision.
The meeting was a very fruitful and cordial one and after full and frank discussions of the issues involved both the Union and its Honorary President are pleased to announce that they came to a new and better understanding of, and respect for, each other’s positions and as a result were able to achieve a resolution of the situation.
The Union has accordingly agreed to put Mr Hatton’s book back on sale at the Arthur Findlay College bookshop.
Mr Hatton recognised that some of the references in his book could have been taken to be misleading and denigratory but gave an assurance that this had never been his intention.
With hindsight, the representatives of the Union present at the meeting acknowledge that a preliminary discussion with Mr Hatton about the Union’s concerns regarding his book might have resolved this situation more speedily.