Today IfL waivered, and offered to reduce it's membership fees to £34 per year for this year and next, with a promise that the third year will not exceed £68, I say stand firm, don't pay a penny. This concession is a clear confession that the fee is ridiculously too high (GTC only ever charged £35) and that the vast majority of Lecturers have not paid. By continuing to oppose this stealth tax, we pressure the government to withdraw this unelected and unrepresentative body. If we are to have a compulsory professional body, let us start from the beginning, by having a debate, drawing up a proper constitution, electing a management group, and agreeing terms of reference. IfL was never formed from the members, it was a small group who fancied wielding a bit of power. (They succeeded!) Refuse to pay. Wait to see what happens. No college is going to dismiss its entire workforce.