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Reason, not opinion, should be our virtue


Noting the plethora of comments on the Millennium Bridge by some apparently eminent engineers, I thought how fortunate I was to be present at the recent presentation of an honorary ICE membership to Professor Meyerhof in recognition of his international contribution to civil engineering.

Despite his eminence, he was a quiet, humble individual and somehow so much nicer to listen to than the ill-informed commentators who have given opinionated, rather than reasoned, comments on the issues surrounding the Millennium Bridge.

I hope we can revert to aspiring to be more like Prof Meyerhof. It is what the public should expect from a civil engineer - not an opinion but a cogently reasoned appraisal that leads to a clear conclusion that then speaks for itself.

Ian G Smith (M), Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 9SX.

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