This post crystallizes the fundamental tension between what Shuttleworth argues Canonical is doing versus what seems to be happening: lack of clarify around how the private work gets integrated into the final product.
Yes, many people and companies design, build, and polish work in private. Shuttleworth emphasized this in his posts. This is perfectly fine in a community context as long as the result faces the same rigor in review as work done in the open.
The issue with Canonical's approach is a combination of doing the work privately and having it skip the usual public process. Its inclusion seems to be automatic.
Canonical's approach is not inherently wrong; it's just disingenuous to frame the result as a community process.