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Be realistic

I am shocked by ICE's latest State of the Nation report (NCE 17 January). The tone appears to be threatening future above inflation construction price increases unless a guaranteed predictable base load of work is forthcoming and political/public interference in infrastructure planning is minimised.

Sounds idyllic. I feel climate change and the next Parliament may produce a disappointment.

I still live in a democracy where every few years I have the right to judge the actions of my elected representatives, in UK and now also Europe. I think streamlining major infrastructure expenditure outside the democratic process, in order to create long term investment “confidence” within the construction industry, would be a significant step on a slippery slope to disenfranchising me as a citizen.

A professional body within government advising accountable politicians would be preferable to me, has worked well in the past, and still does in many instances.

I believe major infrastructure projects should always be subject to debate in parliaments or planning enquiries. I do not believe UK

Construction Ltd no longer has the capacity or confidence to build what we need, when we ask for it, and at a price we can afford.

However, if this is true, I am confident European firms can help out.
ROBERT WALKER (M), 69, Berry Head Road, Brixham. Devon.

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