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By Nigel Swift

The Association for Metal Detecting Sport is offering £10 million insurance cover for £5 a year, cheaper than the NCMD.

But a detectorist has asked: “Would a new organisation have the same clout with the powers that be, as the NCMD has built up over the years?” That strikes me as deluded. The NCMD refuses to endorse the real Code of Responsible Metal Detecting and runs its own inferior version so of course it can have no clout with the powers that be. Obviously.

The new organisation may well be successful in gaining recruits (many detectorists say “I’m only in the NCMD for the insurance cover” so an alternative that costs less is likely to be popular). But “clout”? No, not unless it endorses the official code, which we can all assume is mighty unlikely.

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Delusions of clout

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