NCE was quite right to publish Peter Hendy's remarks verbatim. To have done anything else would have been less than honest and would not have advanced matters one jot.
The fact is, all is not well in this world. Hendy's behaviour should concern us, as it is a symptom of an underlying disease - possibly one that also affects his opposite numbers in Balfour Beatty.
A clue to its precise diagnosis and cure may be found in Richard Layard's recent book Happiness, which can be found under 'popular psychology'.
An encouraging read for any conscious engineer and, at £8.99, Hendy might be able to buy a copy for Balfour Beatty, too.
Andrew Fraser, accident unit manager, Central Scotland Roads AIU, c/o Stirling Council, Room 315, Viewforth, Stirling FK8 2ET
Editor's note: I can confirm that this issue will be discussed at the next NCE Editorial Advisory Board meeting on 14 December.