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Wet behind the years


I refer to the news item concerning the demand by Tom Foulkes for a better ETB service (NCE last week).

The 1965 November issue of the ICE Proceedings reports on a conference at Cambridge to consider how school leavers could be encouraged to select engineering as a career. Forty years later it is still a problem and we continue to pour our registration fee into the ETB black hole to no avail.

It is part of its remit to promote engineering, and its performance to date only confirms the generally held public view that engineering projects are always late, do not meet the specification, and always exceed the budget.

As for maintaining my details on their database, this is something the DVLC does with my driving records for free.

We are awash with hurricanes, earthquakes, and floods just now. Civil engineers are supposed to 'harness the forces of nature' and we have no shortage of opportunities to promote our role in society.

I have seen Gordon Masterton among the talking heads on TV discussing some of these issues. We need much more of this, and if the ETB cannot deliver then we should get rid of it.

Leslie Ironside (M), l. ironside@btinternet. com

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