Last week's letters referring to the ICEFLOE equal opportunities initiative shows that this learned institution has members who are not learned.
I was present at the ICEFLOE launch and would like to remind members of its mission statement: 'The ICE is committed to a policy of equal opportunities for all its members'.
The meaning of this statement was expanded to show that the ICE recognises, and aims to make both employers and employees recognise that engineers are human and have personal lives that affect their professional careers.
The aim of the initiative, as I understand it, is to ensure that all members are respected for their ability regardless of their circumstances. In today's enlightened society it is not unreasonable, for example, that both male and female engineers require flexibility in their careers to deal with growing families and to cope with sick or aged family members.
Mr Barkley advocates that gay men and lesbians should stay in the closet. But a person who must hide their life is unlikely to give full commitment to their career due to the stress that would cause.
The initiative does not incite employers to meet targets of political correctness; it requests that all individuals are afforded the same respect and opportunities, and that paths to advancement are not blocked because the individual is not a grey suit wearing white male with a wife and 2.4 children.
I hope that all ICE members realise that this is a policy for US and not THEM.
Daniel Hooper (M), Dan.Hooper@care4free.net