Comment on: Your View | ICE Governance Vote
I do not wish to be pedantic, but I cannot regard an 8,9% ballot return as satisfactory. The 70,8% in favour in fact means that less than 7% of ICE members actually voted positively in regard of the important new changes to the Royal Charter. In my opinion this does not exactly demonstrate overwhelming support to the proposals. I hope that the SGM will also highlight the unacceptably low return on ICE ballots, as I see a definite need to analyse why this is the case. Not wishing to denigrate the important work of many active members, but could it be that for many members the ICE is just a means to an end in the qualification process, rather than an active learned society?
Comment on: Panel urges professional review overhaul
It is obviously in the interest of employers that their employees have the necessary skills to do their Jobs properly. Therefore all modifications to the CPD process should be carefully discussed with representatives of the employers side, to ensure that the proposals go in the right directon and are acceptable for all concerned.
Comment on: New Heathrow runway gets government approval
Having just travelled through Heathrow, I shudder to think what that experience will be like when it's even larger......!
Comment on: US Hyperloop aims to challenge high speed rail
On the face of it, the concept seems to rely much on the same principles as Brunels "atmospheric railway" - only putting the whole train in the tube, as against only a "paddle" underneath the conventional train. I'm not sure what the "passenger acceptance" would be for travelling such distances in a tube - not much of a view after all, and the "track" wouldn't exactly be an attractive addition to the landscape. But an interesting idea all the same.
Mike Paul, Stuttgart, Germany
I don't understand why building tram lines in Britain is so difficult and so expensive. Other european countries such as Germany, which presumably have the same constraints regarding utilities etc. are extending their tram networks against a background of increasing usage. Could it be that the tram has a better image and therefore a better public acceptance here?
Mike Paul, Stuttgart, Germany.