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Party spirit


Good luck to the civil engineers standing for election (NCE 7 April). If elected, they will be representatives of society at large, and thereby qualified to play a part in defining society's needs for the sustainable infrastructure for transport, energy and water that civil engineers provide.

However, they have declared an allegiance to political parties and are in some measure wedded to an ideology.

Ideologies commit adherents to certain beliefs and are the enemy of clear reasoning and analysis.

Sustainable evelopment, global development, nuclear energy and ethics are much tainted by ideology. Concepts like 'appropriate' technology are worryingly doctrinaire.

Civil engineering requires the development of the best solution through an unbiased understanding of the relevant science and technology.

All civil engineers, particularly unsuccessful parliamentary candidates, need to develop their analytical skills to distinguish between ideology and science, and we will then make real strides in overcoming the shortfalls in infrastructure that cause so much deprivation and damage to societies everywhere.

Rodney Bridle, 91B High Street, Amersham HP7 0DT

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