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Crunch time on LIA merger

Well, it&#39s now crunch time on the LIA/Sofa merger. All the hot air has been expended and we will shortly know the result. If the vote is yes, then for those, like myself, who have been unequivocally opposed, it would seem we have no other proper course but to resign.

But what if it is no? Will those representatives in the committees and boards who promoted the idea resign? What is their honourable course? The LIA executives are not to blame, they merely voice the views of the voted exec-utive, but I don”t know if the same can be said of Sofa.

At the end of the day, it has all rather been a lot of excitement over very little. The big omission for many has been the word independent. Jeff Prestridge used the word in his filmed interview but he surely missed the point. Neither the LIA, Sofa nor the PFS stand for independence and for people like myself who are girding their loins at the onset of depolarisation, this is the big issue and this is what I want representation for.

This is why IFAP and Aifa are now far more important to me than this squabbling.

It would seem that it is beyond the imagination of the proponents to devise a CBI or, dare I say it, SIB approach to the issues.

Here a small, tight-knit supernumerary body would collate the common ground for presentation as appropriate, thereby allowing all the individual bodies to remain intact. (For example, The Engineering Federation, the Plastics Institute, the Oil Industry, the Candle makers etc all fall under the CBI.) Whatever the outcome, I am sure the future will remain an interesting challenge for us all.

Harry Katz

Norwest Consultants, Stanmore,



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