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Short termist politicians ignore us, complain civils


ENGINEERS FEEL disenfranchised by the political parties according to this week's NCE poll.

More than a quarter - 28% - said they felt none of the political parties listened to the profession's views.

Some complained that engineers were ignored by politicians because the issues they raised could not be resolved within a single parliamentary term.

'They see us as artisans, ' said one.

'We don't lobby them enough to make them realise we are more important than accountants and lawyers, ' said another.

A third complained: 'I think nobody listens to civil engineers as nobody knows what we do.' Engineers who did feel listened to said the Conservatives were the most receptive. Twenty four per cent of the poll said the Tories listened to engineers the most, while Labour and the LibDems tied at 17%.

Twenty six per cent of engineers also said that the Conservatives would do most to help the profession create and maintain the infrastructure society needs.

Labour and the LibDems attracted support from 24% and 17% respectively.

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