I've just read Peter Goldsbury note on the Aikido Journal board:
Kami's statements have been more correct than mine. There seems to be a lot more going on than I thought. I was basing my statements on the past behaviors of the various Shihan and there has been some shifting... well, a whole lot of shifting... going on.
Is it just me, or do a lot of these organizational changes seem to coincide with the various Shihan's inventing a weapons system?