A great idea for new members of professional institutions to interview the leaders, but your interviewer of the future RICS president was too easily fobbed off with trite answers (9 March).

I feel it disrespectful that our future president justified high subscription fees by suggesting his members frittered away money at the cinema and in joining health clubs they never attend. He then suggests members increase clients’ fees to cover the cost. Is he aware that not all members are self-employed?

I work for a local authority and pay my subscription without any contribution from my employer. I don’t find the fees “dirt cheap” and am dismayed at his suggestion that subscriptions might “go up to £800 or whatever”.

Helen Sanders