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Sim City could hold key to spending plan


I read with interest Anthony Oliver's comment (NCE last week) urging engineers to fight transport's cause in the forthcoming comprehensive spending review.

The message that we must get across to Gordon Brown must also filter down to all involved with dishing out the budgets.

There is a simple way to bring the message home to them: A few years ago, to pass the time, I would play Sim City.

Many hours were spent building my ideal city, raising the taxes from my poor subjects to fund new residential areas, football stadiums, marinas and so on, while cutting expenditure when needing to save. There was one area that I found funding could not be cut - highway maintenance!

If I cut money to health or education, for example, they moaned about it but nothing fell apart. But, if I cut highway funding my city fell apart. Industrial developments closed down, people moved out, emergency services were unable to get through etc, etc, etc.

So the message is simple, Mr Brown. Have a go at Sim City - you will then see where to put your money!

Toby Howe (A) ICE SE chairman tobymahowe@vodafone. net (See feature p12)

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