Diary: Solus old guard drive Pringle to distraction

The Solus Club's leather armchair-thumping old guard have claimed a fresh scalp. Hamish Pringle, who was to become the club's president in January, has torn up his membership card.

The IPA's director-general is said to be "pissed off" at the reactionary attitude of diehards at the club, which goes into its 75th year with a ban on women members still in place.

Pringle was voted in as heir-apparent to the president, Douglas McArthur, in September 2003. But after witnessing the antics at this year's AGM, he has decided enough is enough.

The final straw seems to have been the scuppering of a suggestion that the Solus should pay for admin support to help fix up after-dinner speakers and sort out table-plan issues.

Pringle says: "I think I'd better keep a diplomatic silence."

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