This issue was addressed to the Board this week in Carthage (my thanks to Thomas for notes from his blog):
"Dan Halloran at the microphone. Points to oct 13 board minutes. Emphasize bottom-up nature. Commitment?
"Resolution is drafted on the fly and adopted unanimously: Council requests clarification and is concerned that board may have made decision in gTLD policy area without consulting council."
You have to question the top-down process whereby the Board seems to postpone these further sTLDs. Setting aside the grounds they use to support such actions (lack of money and staff).
As I've already said, should the whole world have to wait for NewTLDs just because ICANN is not up to the job?