Given that the proposed merger with IMechE has been billed as good for the future of the ICE, I'm confused as to why students, graduates and technicians will not be allowed to vote on the matter. Surely the future of the Institution is its younger members and ostracising these very people from such an important decision can only have detrimental effects on the Institution's future.
I'm only in the second year of my degree and as such do not have the technical knowledge of a chartered member but I still take interest in the Institution by attending local events and suchlike. I therefore feel that all members of all grades should have the opportunity to express their opinion where it counts - at the ballot box.
No one would argue that giving women and the lower classes the vote hurt democracy in the national sense so why in the 21st century is the ICE still continuing to discriminate based on nothing but the class of one's membership?
Robert Jeans, University of Bath, ab3rdj@bath. ac. uk