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Putting the boot in

In your editorial comment (NCE last week) you dealt with the unintended consequences of other policies on, in particular, the transport system.

No doubt one of your intended consequences was that readers would extend the idea to other fields, say for example the rural flooding described on page 7 which may well be the result of farming policies.

Then you conclude that "Engineers must lift their gaze" and here I think that many of us will disagree, having spent years in lateral thinking, encouraged by the Institution to look for exactly the kind of difficulties described, but then being ignored, or even being told by our superiors not to rock the boat, but to let with our own work.

So I do not think that we need to lift our gaze, but rather, through assertiveness courses or otherwise, learn how to attract the interest of the journalists and other truly powerful people by, as it were, kicking their shins.

CHRISTOPHER MAY, (M) Woodbine Farm, 46, High Street, Chew Magna, Bristol BS40 8PW

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