He might yet MOK, he might yet.
My view is that he is playing Devils Advocate.
While the ''dreamers'' come up with the big ideas, he's sounding an alarm, warning us all not to weaken the existing structure while we attempt to stimulate growth elsewhere.
We need to take heed of his warnings and new plans to spread the game should include contingencies to manage the risks and avert the worst of Parksider's predictions. That's the responsible pragmatic paternal approach and I see it as a valuable contribution to the debate.
The problem I have with his position, is that he openly confesses his belief that it's impossible to develop the game anywhere else, other than where its already played.
As a corollary of that belief, he opines any attempt to spread the game into new areas, is a waste of time and money and worse, very likely to jeopardise the (extremely fragile) status quo.
I am diametrically opposed to his point of view. I believe our game is undeniably excellent. I believe that because its excellent, it is (and will be) very appealing to new people the world over if its presented in a confident and professional way (as evinced by the spontaneous appearance of new fledgling nations in recent years).
So while I value his input, I'm afraid he wouldn't get my vote, to steer the ship. He seems resigned to the inevitable decline of our sport and offers nothing (no ideas) to slow the rate of decline, let alone stop the rot completely and stimulate growth.
It would break my heart to see our game continue to deteriorate in the public eye, or in terms of participation numbers, or standards of play on the field, so its not enough, to do nothing, to stand by and just accept a hopeless, withering view of the future.
In my opinion, we have to grow or die. We have to speculate, to some extent.
We need leaders who are real believers in the value of our sport, who are genuinely proud to represent us and confident in the games ability to garner new people in increasing numbers, as our existing followers age and die away and who will make serious detailed plans to ensure the games survival and long term prosperity.
Here's the rub, I don't think we can rely on the RFL to do it all for us. We as individuals, can't afford to stand aside and wait for our saviour to appear. If we love the game, we should get involved, do more. Start kids teams, support amateur clubs, create new student and school teams, become a referee, coach, organiser or fund raiser. Build the game in some small way, wherever you live. That's what's happening in Belgrade, in Nigeria, in Jamaica, in Brazil, in Norway etc etc. If they can do it, starting with nothing, why can't we in Cumbria, Yorkshire or Lancashire, or anywhere else for that matter?
We should turn our attention to these efforts and really celebrate and publicise, new clubs in new areas wherever they appear. (We are often contemptuous of them). It doesn't matter whether they can compete with heartland clubs. We should encourage them to stick at it and welcome them into the fold, offer our advice, and cooperation to nurture their development. All most of them want (when they start) is a little advice, and someone to play against.
Let Super League and RFL try to manage the top end while we, the lovers of the game, mobilise and develop the grass roots wherever we can.
Bob Brown of Hemel Hempstead will tell you, Parksider is wrong, it can be done if you want it enough.