Trade Union Dispute
This is nothing more than a trade union dispute. One of the members, Namecheap, is peeved and now uses the public as a shield.
It's rather funny to see Namecheap use consumer interest as an excuse when they have historically sponsored most of the badness on the net. Most recently they were ousted again by SpamHaus. Other groups report similarly. I have daily spam in my mailbox with names sponsored by, you guessed it, Namecheap.
It's rather funny to see Namecheap and RIchard complain about policy when they have been the biggest ones to ignore policies.
Elliot Noss at Tucows had a similar rant, yet ignores policy violations on .org by them.
Of course that does not stop any efforts to rename ICANN to ICANNT, who just looks out for maximum profits.
As such I'n not taking this trade union dispute seriously.