I am in agreement with Ian Titherington (NCE 8 June).
There is a need to understand the realities of the new political landscape here in Wales.
There are many issues on which the perspective of civil engineers would be useful in the Welsh public arena. Typical examples would be the 'shall we/shan't we' debate on the new building for our National Assembly, and the ongoing issues of the Cardiff Bay Barrage.
On the latter, I have been asked for comment by the local media, but only in my role as a local Labour councillor, and not as an engineer. An Institution presence in Wales that has sufficient resources, together with a willingness to publicly engage with politicians and join public debates, can be the only real way to raise our collective profile.
David Sharpe (G), Councillor for Riverside, City & County of Cardiff, email@example.com