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Act of betrayal


Antony Oliver writes (NCE last week) that the value of ICE membership has been on the wane for many years.

At the same time I cannot remember a year when the cost of membership has not increased by more than the rate of infl ation.

This reeks of a lack of accountability that is reinforced by an unexpected 600% escalation in the 2005 operating deficit.

A clue to the problem can be found in Tom Foulkes' statements that what we have had is a group of well meaning amateurs and that professionalism does not come for free. The ICE is not amateur and while its performance may have been amateur it has not come free.

I will oppose any rise in fees above the rate of inflation until such time as there is clear evidence of a change in this self-serving attitude and an acceptance of the financial constraints that most of us live under. For example, a firm commitment to freeze fees in subsequent years.

Ken Thornton (M), REC.Thornton@ukgateway.


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