Alan, you don't know me, I am just a Linux fanboy, but out here in Ubuntuland, I have been rooting for you.
You're the one they sent in where lesser mortals fear to tread.
Nobody else could possibly grok the tangle of code that is the TTY layer.
To me you are the 'asset' dispatched to eliminate the BKL.
Back in the real world :-) ... you are one of the elders of GNU/Linux and you have devoted (almost) half of your life to it because you believe in it.
Today, at this moment of stress, when you have been publicly slighted by the boss, please just remember that we, the people, really are counting on you to do a difficult job, that there really is nobody else eager to step in to your shoes and take the huge workload and _apparently_ small reward.
Most of all please know that your efforts are more widely appreciated than you realise.