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The Institution of Mechanical Engineers, having failed over merger talks with the Institution of Electrical Engineers and the Incorporated Engineers, are now, it would appear, targeting their predatory agenda at the ICE.

Before any exploratory talks take place Colin Clinton should first ask for an explanation why the Mechanical Engineers, having recently failed over similar talks with the Electrical Engineers, are so determined to find a partner.

As Council is investigating if there is a 'value proposition' in such a merger, this commercial proposition may not be in the best interests of the ICE or its members.

The efined advantages of any amalgamation must be put to the membership for its approval or otherwise before embarking on detailed talks of this kind: this action could well save hours of fruitless talking.

James A. Kirkbright (M), Seasons Cottage, Cookswell, Shillingstone, Dorset, DT11 0QZ

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