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Teach don't preach

Last Tuesday's edition of the Guardian carried three stories concerning civil engineering within its five pages - all showed the profession in the worst possible light. The huge damages awarded in the Heathrow Express collapse case were obviously well to the fore, but the image of an industry out of control was reinforced by claims of further cost escalation on the Jubilee Line Extension and a coastal defence scheme which had allegedly led to the erosion of a famous holiday beach.

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