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Brave man needed to amend Act of folly

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I was astonished to read Paul Hyett's article (aj 24.6.99). He is a brave man, probably too brave for his own good.

If riba leadership wants to go on pandering to politicians in the way they did when arb was mooted they won't be able to live with an articulate clear-headed man in charge of education. And with him, I guess, would go any chance of reversing the debacle that was the negotiation leading up to arb.

Do you remember the shame of it? Loss of responsibility for conduct to a body that is controlled by a Goverment-nominated majority was bad enough. To throw away a world-renowned system of monitoring and improving our formation process was crass folly. But that is what our representatives agreed to and that is what is implicit in the Act. It was folly founded in the fear that we would lose protection of title, of course, but what a grotesquely high price to pay for a questionable benefit - a price that need never have been paid.

Paul Hyett obviously knows that. He should be in charge of a drive to amend the Act so as to exclude validation from the terms of reference of ARB.

Oliver Willmore

Hook, Hampshire

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