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At the recent Chartered Institute of Building Engineers conference, hundreds of besuited engineers met to discuss the implications of the dreaded Part L. The RIBA's sustainability guru Bill Gethin seemingly felt as if he had to prove he was no pushover.

Speaking of his approach to environmental enforceability - rather than his slimline appearance - he made the announcement: 'I am a stick man'. Presumably as opposed to being a 'carrot man'. With that personal declaration out of the way, and feeling that he was among friends, he confided: 'I'm a fascist at heart.' At the end of his speech, he got a rousing round of applause, but no salutes.

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