I am pleased to see that ICE president Colin Clinton has decreed members should be consulted before the ICE decides whether to endorse the London 2012 Olympic bid (NCE last week).
But why should the consultation be limited to London members?
If the London Olympics do go ahead they will draw in a huge amount of resources from the whole of Britain - monetary, professional and political - and all at a time when the government cannot deliver on regional transport and a host of other 'priorities'.
The bid would be better supported if it were styled the 'British Olympics' and greater efforts made to use the many facilities around the country, both those in usable condition and those needing renovation.
It would also help to alter the perception - so damaging to our national identity - that everything centres on London and reduce the inevitable complaints from Londoners about congestion in the capital.
Don Wagstaff (M), Manchester, donald. wagstaff@tesco. net