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No love lost

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The extraordinary spat between RIBA president Marco Goldschmied and former director general Alex Reid was a distinctly unseasonable way to end the year, but not entirely unexpected. Whichever way you look at it, the decision Reid has made to run for the presidency is an attempt to justify his policies and actions in the face of criticisms not just from Goldschmied but from the institute's policy board. Under the Owen Luder presidency, so far unpublished incidents occurred concerning the dividing line between operational responsibility and policy decisions. There has always been the potential for tension between chief exec and elected president, but an inability to recognise the significance of a membership organisation is fatal for the effective running of operations.

That is why the opinion of Richard Hastilow, Reid's successor, on the question of the latter's candidacy is important.

The new man, quite properly, is keeping quiet. But it is pretty obvious what he thinks. All good news for the leading candidate Paul 'In Practice' Hyett, less so for Devon man Brian 'Private' Godfrey, but Reid has always been a fighter, and the fat lady has yet to sing.

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