When two recent and eminent past presidents of the Institution express so openly their concerns at the manner in which the single member issue was resolved we should all sit up and listen.
It was the final paragraph of the letter from Bruce Latimer that struck a chord with me. Mr Latimer refers to the RIBA having only one grade of membership. This is because it upholds very exacting qualification standards and only grants membership to those who meet those standards.
The Institution of Civil Engineers is not a club giving equal rights to anyone who pays the membership fee. It is a Chartered Institution constituted to maintain high professional standards. To give full membership to engineers who are not chartered is a profound step which should be debated at length prior to a full vote.
Adrian Coy (F), Past Chairman, East Midlands Association