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Blame should only be given where it is due

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It was interesting to read two unrelated (at least by you) stories in aj 22.4.99. In the first, Sir Martin Laing of the Construction Confederation attacked the 'vicious circle of blame within the industry'. Then a few pages further on, we read of a Construction Industry Board survey praising the improving standards among, wait for it, consultants.

More than seven out of ten clients were happy with everything from design creativity to ability to deliver on time. You can turn this on its head, of course, and say that three out of ten are unhappy about something, but at a time when designers continue to be attacked in the press for their perceived head-in-the-air attitudes it is nice to get a touch of reality brought to the situation.

The question is, when will the industry stop categorising designers as the cause of all their problems, and when will designers stop blaming anything and everything on somebody else? If this can be achieved in construction it will be against a tide of blame culture, fuelled by greedy lawyers, which is enveloping the entire country.

John Jerome

Hemel Hempstead

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