Thank you to everyone who voted for Graeme and me in the recent election. Sorry I couldn't do better for you. If elected, I would have done my best to earn the faith that you put in me. I would also like to thank Graeme for his courage in standing for election - he has nothing to gain personally from what he is doing. He is even being sued by Nominet. I think that Nominet, and our society, need people like Graeme - who stand up and speak out for what they think is right, and in the public interest. I asked for Nominet members to send a message to this board, and I think that message has been sent. Despite a huge calling campaign by Nominet, Graeme and I had a decent showing. Messages I have had show I had support from across different interest groups (apart from the top 20!). The comments made by others, both here and on Nominet Forum, show that there appears to be an emerging consensus around a number of issues: a perceived trust deficit between the board and the membership; a perception that the weighting voting system stacks the odds entirely in the favour of the top 20; and that somehow the public interest seems to have got lost in the mix. The haste for reform on direct.uk and the registrar structure only support these perceptions. The winners will be a handful of larger members and Nominet the corporation, the losers will be the public (who won't know what is going to happen until too late) and the majority of Nominet members. These perceptions cannot just be brushed aside as those of domainers or an unrepresentative minority any more. They are shared by many, from different backgrounds, and yesterday's election results do nothing but strengthen those concerns.