It seems that our colleagues in Scotland are more than a little "peeved" at the proposed name of the proposed merged institute.
ICAS have posted a letter on their website sent by Ian Robertson, the ICAS president. In it he says that ICAS and its members would "robustly oppose" the name.
"The style proposed seems to ignore the fact that throughout the world the various chartered accountancy institutes are differentiated by a national designation".
As Robertson points out that the merged institute would be an "amalgam of accountants, not all of whom are in an everyday sense recognised as being chartered accountants".
Now if he can see that, why can't our Council?
Robertson suggests a new name for the merged body: "The Institute of Some Chartered Accountants and Public Finance Accountants".
Robertson has succintly highlighted the lack of thought and planning that has gone into the merger proposal.
It has already been fatally holed below the waterline by the absconding of CIMA, now we are faced with direct action and ridicule by ICAS.
The time has come to abandon the proposal, and to restructure Council in the manner that I proposed in an earlier article.
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