Three cheers for Mark Whitby. I resigned my membership of the ICE some years ago having become increasingly exasperated with what I perceived to be its continuing and growing irrelevance to engineers, engineering and society.
If I were still a member I would support Mark's last ditch effort to achieve change from within. Having left though, I would urge everyone to leave who does not believe that change can be achieved in this way, and create something better.
The third option for members is just to lie low and do nothing. This would be an apathetic opting out, and if it proves to be the majority response I anticipate a slow death. I recommend either a radical treatment that might give immediate renewed vigour, or a else a humane termination.
There will be life after the Civils and it will be an interesting place - I think more interesting, and certainly more relevant.
David Dixon FRSA.