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Wearing a support


Despite the low turnout there is no denying that the results of the merger consultation (NCE 18/25 August) show more in support than against. But what was the question again?

I remember sitting in a meeting at Great George Street listening to Tom Foulkes explain that the question being asked was whether the membership was in favour of the ICE talking to the Mechanicals. After all, this was a consultation exercise, not a vote - the vote would come later.

But NCE tells it different: '51% of ICE replies were in favour of merging the two institutions'.

I am in favour of the talks but at the moment I'm against a merger. It's clear that the results won't work for both questions.

So why has the question changed- Has ICE changed the question to suit the answer that they wanted or is this simply a case of 'reporting licence'- I sincerely believe that the latter is the case.

As far as I understand it, the results of the consultation mean we have invited them in for coffee but we are far from getting into bed.

Phil Welton (M) philip. welton@ntlworld. com

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