I refer to the letters from John Clark and Brian M Archer (NCE 29 March) who are respectively 'taken aback' and 'appalled' by Jon Jennings's '10 Downing Street' petition to protect the title of engineer.
Clark states that '? the skilled craftsman has - a right to own the term engineer ?'.
Craftsmen are very talented and respected members of society and are, by denition, craftsmen. Why try to confuse matters by calling them engineers as well?
Archer will not support the petition because 'Incorporated Engineer' is not included in the wording. He seems not to appreciate that his status could be increased if the Chartered Engineer status is increased.
One does not need to be a Chartered Engineer to sign the petition. Colleagues, friends and relatives who respect and appreciate the contribution of Chartered Engineers could sign the petition.
Who will know that you even exist if you remain silent? It is the squeaky wheel that gets the oil and it only takes a moment to sign the petition.
We might, just might, be able to initiate a debate if we all work together.
Mike Naylor (M), recessus@hotmail. co. uk