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RIBA's reaction to Rodwell is hypocrisy

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I was astonished to read your report (aj 26.3.98) that riba Council was attempting to take the high moral ground over the rias's treatment of Dennis Rodwell: what stunning hypocrisy!

You quote a member of Council as saying that: 'Rodwell is an honest honourable man who when something is done to him won't lie down and die,' but that he had his reputation 'destroyed' and was 'near bankruptcy'. All of this applies equally well to our member, Peter Gibbs-Kennet, of course, but no such concern was expressed by the council at the double standards and ineptitude which surrounded his unjust sacking. At least Rodwell went through some kind of due process, however flawed: our member's letter of appeal was never even acknowledged; just one of the unacceptable aspects of his case.

Your report that the motion before Council deplored 'the negative publicity the Dennis Rodwell case is giving the profession'. I can assure Council that it is nowhere near as damaging or widespread as the repercussions of the Gibbs-Kennet case.

I suggest that the rias treat riba Council's censure with the contempt it deserves.

ROGER LYONS

General secretary, msf Union

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