This week, as it emerged that the 'Bloody Sunday' inquiry in Northern Ireland has cost £52M already. The only defence offered by the lawyers for their high earnings was that they are paid on rates fixed by the government.
I am amazed that the ACE - of which I am not a member directly or indirectly - has made the bold step of launching a campaign for higher salaries for engineers. But the ICE implacably refuses to do anything to help its members on the most basic of 'bread and butter' issues.
Isn't it about time that the ICE started to show some loyalty to its members - the people who have remained loyal to the civil engineering profession despite all the incentives and pressures to leave?
Rather than exhorting us to work harder, I think it is Mark Whitby who should start to offer us better value.
Alun Thomas (M), alunthomas@aol. com