Antony Oliver is right (NCE last week), the ICE does have a track record of mediocrity and the service might indeed 'be considered simply poor'.
Now the Institution wants to be more professional and more businesslike.
What business with the same track record would be able to increase its prices on the promise of better performance?
What the Institution needs to do is show that it can spend the current income well and deliver value for money. Only then should subscription levels be increased.
Do not forget that there have been above-inflation subscription hikes for the past several years.
Tom Foulkes states that the subscription rises will deliver 'the things that members have told us they want'. Mr Foulkes is quoting from the results of a survey of a carefully selected sample of the membership actively involved in the regions.
Is this what the membership at large wants?
ICE ballots have traditionally had a low turn out and only those people with an interest in Institution affairs actually vote. If the turn out is low then this subscription hike will be passed. If you oppose the proposed increases then use your vote on 22 March.
Paul Markham (M), paul.
markham@blueyonder. co. uk