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How to tell the manic from the barking mad

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It was of some concern to note that the riba disciplinary committee aims to outlaw those members who are 'mentally unsound', as well as the more normal and justifiable reasons of those enjoying Her Majesty's Pleasure, or struck off by the arb.

As a conscientious practitioner, I feel that we shall need to know how to differentiate members who are merely 'loosely wrapped', suffering from paranoia, delusions of grandeur, anal retention or manic obsession, or those who do not yet have the underpinning of a supporting discipline, such as project manager, cdm supervisor, or adjudicator, from the more obvious barking mad raving loonies who may exist within our profession.

How will we be able to tell without some comparative reference to an exemplar peer group, such as, say, members of riba Council? This much- needed clarification will be essential if we are to responsibly carry out our professional obligations under arb Standard 11.1.

V HASTWELL

Holmwood, Surrey

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