17.12.2018 - Bernard Beston new President of the FIP

(wm) On 2 December 2018, the 75th FIP Congress elected Bernard Beston (s. picture), Australian and former Vice President of the FIP, to succeed Tay Peng Hian of Singapore, whose term of office had expired after eight years. Beston’s contender was the British Chris King (24 votes) with 64 votes of the national collectors' associations. The result had been expected by insiders, but not in this clear amount. Even the associations in (Eastern) Europe refused to approve the well-known philatelist Chris King from London, which was once again interpreted by insiders as a sign of the disunity of Europe. In a one-year advertising campaign, King had for the first time very transparently communicated his objectives for the case of his election: The programme included numerous changes to the conditions in the FIP, which he was not the only one to criticise. The majority of the delegates obviously considered this to be far too much and far too largely. Preservation was particularly favoured in Asia, but also in other countries.
With the election of Bernard Beston, the decision was made in favour of a well-known philatelist who has long been recognized in the Australian Philatelic Federation in various offices, but also internationally as a collector and juror. He has been a member of the FIP Executive Committee as Director since his election in Lisbon in 2010, and was elected Vice President in Jakarta in 2014. Connoisseurs appreciate him as a "jolly good fellow", as an approachable and intelligent philatelist. Whether he will succeed in leading the FIP into a new age will become clear in the coming years.