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The redesign - your views

I am concerned that your revamp and modernisation of NCE has also included a restructuring of the English language. This makes it incomprehensible to persons like me who were educated in the 1950s.

I am trying to read this week’s issue but find this an impossible task.

In the article “Passing the Buck”, there is what I presume is intended to be a sentence:-”Yet, to have been an efficient inspection regime would, Network Rail claims, have discovered that the stretcher bars were loose…...”

Elsewhere the article is filled with inappropriate imagery which instead of illuminating the writer’s meaning only serves to obscure it. For example “one worker missing his beat” surely associated with a missed rhythm - doesn’t the phrase “one worker failing to complete his patrol” fit the case more clearly.

Similarly the sentence “While Network Rail has advanced lightyears from the dismal days of Railtrack it still has plenty of work to do” does not conjure up for me an image of sensible discussion on industrial relations.

There is a fashion nowadays for “modern” people to speak or write using the grammatic (sic) style of newspaper headlines and television adverts. I would suggest that this fashion should be avoided in important articles in a magazine intended for an educated readership.

M Smith, chartered engineer, malcolmmclsmith@yahoo.co.uk

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