It was ironic you chose a cigar toting, chauffeur-driven individual to characterise the outgoing senior ranks of municipal engineers (NCE 17 October). It should be remembered that many of this dying breed benefited from golden handshakes, pension enhancements, and redundancy lump sums, and so continue to enjoy the good life.
It is also ironic that many of the shoals of departing municipal engineers now find themselves re-employed in the private sector, further enhancing their fortuitous sweetheart 'retirement' deals.
Don't then shed too many tears for the demise of the municipal fraternity. It's one of life's maxims, that inefficient organisations go bad and decline.
We should also reserve criticism for the Whitehall mandarins who orchestrated the dismantling exercise of the past decade. While they recognised the disciplines the private sector could bring, they should have realised they were paying too much.
Should the municipal engineer become extinct, as the article suggests, I only hope the fat cats who benefited from the demise face up to their part in the downfall.
Charles Walker, 18 West Colinton House, 40 Woodhall Road, Edinburgh, EH13 ODU