An English ICA council member has slammed the institute for failing to stand up to the government, writes Lucinda Kemeny. Rob Bryant complained to institute president Dame Sheila Masters during a council meeting this week that the institute was providing 'photo opportunities' to government, after he attended an ICA event in the belief that chancellor Gordon Brown would be present, only to find that he appeared by means of a video. 'That was not what I was expecting. We have a royal charter and that gives us certain responsibilities,' he said. He added the institute was not using its position to full effect and that it should point out where the government was failing. Dame Sheila defended the institute's record with the government. 'As far as our dealings with the government are concerned, we have to be a responsible institute and it would do us no good if we opposed the government on all things. But if we have constructive points to make that is where our strength is,' she said.
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