Letters: Heathrow: now for the fundamental questions

The following letters appear in the 3 July edition of The Independent

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The Government must give further thought to several important areas before making a final decision on the Airports Commission recommendations.

Challenges need to be addressed in relation to creating a rail link to the west of Heathrow airport. Currently all freight to and from Heathrow is by road. There is scope to consider a rail-freight link, not just for cargo, but also for all the supplies that the maintenance, flight catering and retail stores consume.

Government needs to ensure safety. Expanding Heathrow as the existing UK hub could create a bigger risk in a single point of failure. Due regard must be given to resilience against extreme weather and security incidents.

Technology will play a major part in improving efficiency and reducing emissions in air travel. There needs to be further discussion on air traffic management and aircraft systems. An early adopter of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) will be freight transport. The regulatory hurdles for the use of autonomous air vehicles need to be cleared.

UAS developments could drive a significant increase in aircraft movements or it could move freight away from central hubs to dispersed regional airfields. There needs to be a review of the airspace structures and changes to flight paths that introducing UAVs for freight may have. 

The technologies being developed for unmanned aircraft will also enable single-pilot operation of aircraft. In this model there will be only one seat in the cockpit for a captain while on the ground there will be an operator filling the role of either “super dispatcher” or first officer.

This technology also has the potential to reduce separation between aircraft, altering assumptions about airspace and runway loading and could impact the economic model for airline operations.

Paul Davies
Head of Policy, Institution of Engineering and Technology London WC2

 

How did the Davies Commission assess the balance between the benefits and costs of Heathrow expansion? What was the implicit price placed on noise and health impacts?

Current policy is to reduce UK’s carbon emissions while maximising the production of oil and gas and economic growth irrespective of its carbon intensity or the distribution of the gains.

The commission was not asked to discover whether airport expansion was a good idea, but to recommend how best to sustain London’s place as Europe’s leading aviation hub. Perhaps it should have been invited to answer the more important question first. The politics of what happens next may reflect this question.

Gill Westcott
Exeter

 

Heathrow is far more accessible by road and rail from Wales, the West and Midlands than Gatwick. Let us hope that the South-East mindset of Westminster does not choose the latter.

Richard Wise
Hereford

 

The hottest July day on record, and we’re debating whether a massive increase in greenhouse gas emissions should be built at Heathrow or Gatwick.

Mike Wright
Nuneaton

 

Perilous homecoming for dead of Tunisia

My TV has just shown eight of our dead from Tunisia, being given a solemn military reception at RAF Brize Norton.

In one respect, quite right too: their lives are every bit as valuable as those of our fallen warriors. But I wonder if it is wise.

If these eight tourists had been killed in a bus crash, the bodies would be repatriated outside the public gaze, in a commercial airport. But now these crazed terrorists and wannabe terrorists will see British tourists as linked with the military ... and thus, fair game.

Any more such footage from Brize Norton is alas, just putting a bullseye on the backs of all UK tourists.

Dai Woosnam
Grimsby

 

A terrorist atrocity is carried out in Tunisia. On investigation it turns out that the murderer was trained in Libya.

The UK response? Bomb targets in Syria. Do our government ministers need lessons in geography ?

Alan Stedall
Sutton Coldfield

 

What do we know about the EU?

Barry Tighe’s challenge to describe the functions of EU bodies (letter, 1 July) is effective but not for the reasons he thinks. Yes, it ends the arguments, but that’s because it wins them  for the Eurosceptics.

Incomprehension of the EU’s workings only strengthens the public’s feelings of alienation, resentment and disenfranchisement from a vague  fog of opaque, obfuscating bureaucracies, distant and insubstantial, that no one knows how to influence.

If pro-Europeans don’t want to sleepwalk into a referendum defeat in 2017, platitudes about bringing people together won’t be enough; they’ll need to tell us what these bodies are, what we can do with them and why they should matter to us.

Robert Frazer
Salford

 

Barry Tighe writes that nobody can seriously discuss the EU without knowing what are its five principal institutions. That’s rather like saying I can’t have stomach pains unless I know the principal parts of my digestive system. It is the results that sensible people are concerned with, not the process.

John Naylor
Ascot

 

Carry on booing at the opera

The audience at the Royal Opera House should be congratulated for booing Guillaume Tell, and I hope it starts a trend. 

For years, so many operas have displayed brilliant singing, a great orchestra, but dire, incoherent production. Too many directors are producing work littered with in-jokes for their narrow clique of directors and sycophants rather than what the paying audience actually wants to see. They are sucked into fads such as setting everything in the wrong period and wrong place that make a nonsense of the lyrics.

Before expecting audiences to buy expensive tickets, opera houses should provide a brief description of the proposed production (not just the plot), when and where it is set and most importantly whether it is going to be peppered with gratuitous violence, unnecessary nudity and inappropriate sex scenes.

Mike Bignell
Sherborne, Dorset

 

College warden and his male partner

The warmth of your obituary of Harvey McGregor is to be applauded; but the claim that “Oxford was not then sufficiently enlightened” to have a male partner in the Warden’s lodgings is unfair to the New College of 1985. At that time McGregor was publicly denying his sexuality: the Fellows privately thought this unnecessary and unwise; but we had to accept that it was up to him how he presented himself.

Professor Martin Ceadel
Fellow & Tutor in Politics, New College, Oxford

 

Therapists invited to meet in Israel

Last summer over 2,200 persons, including over 500 children, died in Israel's appalling assault on Gaza. We can only imagine the ongoing physical and psychological suffering of those who survived.  Just one year on, the European Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapists (EABCT) has chosen Israel as the location for its 2015 annual conference.

Rather than help participants acknowledge the dire psychological consequences of the Occupation, the organisers invite overseas participants to regard Israel as a successful, vibrant, multicultural  tourist destination.

Therapeutic work is an ethical practice that protects against the possibility of replicating or legitimising abusive power relations between unequal participants. While psychotherapists instinctively endorse efforts at conflict resolution through interpersonal contact, to promote 'dialogue' in the abstract shows a deplorable lack of attention to these principles.

The British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists passed a critical resolution on this issue at their 2014 AGM. The Palestine Union of Social Workers and Psychologists have also condemned the choice of venue. We therefore call on the EABCT to re-locate to another country or cancel this Conference. We hope that clinicians who are seriously considering whether or not to attend will reflect on the realities of life in Jerusalem, and ask themselves if attending such an event is consistent with their ethical responsibilities as mental health professionals.

Signed:

Yasser Abujamei,  Executive Director, Gaza Community Mental Health Programme Palestine

 

Mary Adams, Psychoanalyst  UK

 

Aida Alayarian, Refugee Therapy Centre   UK

 

Jane Alderton,  Clinical Psychologist   UK

 

Mohamed Altawil, Founder Palestine Trauma Centre  UK

 

Dr Shazad Amin,  Consultant Psychiatrist    UK

 

Ben Amponsah,  MBACP (Accred), MBPsS   Psychotherapist  UK

 

Mahmoud Amro,  Master in Community Mental Health   Palestine

 

Murad Amro,  Clinical Psychologist   Palestine

 

Lene Meyer Andersen,  Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist   UK

Riad Arar,  Palestine Union of Social Workers and Psychologists   Hebron Branch Palestine

 

Paul Atkinson,  Psychotherapist   Free Psychotherapy Network  Alliance for Counselling and Psychotherapy   UK

 

Richard Bagnall-Oakeley,  Integrative Adult & Child Psychotherapist (UKCP Reg.)  UK

 

Teresa Bailey M.A., Psychoanalytic Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, UKPMHN Steering Group  UK

 

James Barrett,  Psychotherapist Leamington Spa UK

 

Carol Beck,  Counsellor   UK

 

David Bell,  Psychoanalyst, Consultant Psychiatrist   UK

 

David Bell,  Counsellor and Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist   UK

 

Dr Jessica Benjamin, Psychoanalyst   USA

 

Elizabeth Berger MD, Child Psychiatrist, New York  USA

 

Susan Berry,  UKCP Psychotherapist   UK

 

David Black, Psychoanalyst  UK

 

Jacqueline Blyth, ClynPsyD, Paediatric Psychologist  ABPsS   UK

 

Steven Botticelli, PhD., NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis USA

 

Matthew Bowes, UKCP Registered Body Psychotherapist   UK

 

Kerry Brookfield, RMN Community Psychiatric Nurse  UK

 

George Bunting, Systemic Practitioner/Social Worker   UK

 

Afshan Chaudary, Psychologist in Plinical Psychology, PgDip CBT  UK

 

Miles Clapham, Child and Adolescent Consultant Psychiatrist, UK

 

Isabel Clarke,  Consultant Clinical Psychologist.  BABCP Accredited  UK

 

Sophia Christie, Director Organisational Consulting at UKPrime Ltd, UK

 

Lorenzo Cionini, Professor of Clinical Psychology University of Florence Italy

 

Marie-Laure Colonna,   Psychoanalyst  France

 

Dr Jacqueline Conway, General Adult Psychiatrist    UK

 

Sarah Cooke,  Jungian Psychoanalyst (SAP/BPC)   UK

 

Catherine Corker, Psychologist In Clinical Training, PgDip in CBT  UK

 

Dr Anne Crowley,  ClinPsyD. Cat. Therapist., C.Psychol. Principal Clinical Psychologist UK

 

Diane Cunningham,  Psychotherapist   UK

 

Dr Mike Crawford, Psychiatrist  UK

 

Susannah Crump,  Counsellor and Mindfulness Teacher  UK

 

Dr Nadia Taysir Dabbagh, Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist  PhD MRCPsych (UK)  Dubai

 

Yasser ad-Dab'bagh, MD, FRCPC, FIPA, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Psychoanalyst  Canada

 

Eileen Davidson, Psychosynthesis Psychotherapist UKCP (retired)    UK

 

Nick Davis,  Psychotherapist   UK

 

Atie Dekker, RMD Dip, BSc in MH studies, PG Dip  CBT, PDU nurse lead  UK

 

Yvonne Deutsch,  (MSW), Social Worker and Therapist  Israel

 

Gary Duffield, MBChB MRCPsych  Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist  UK

 

Dr Victor Duhr,   Child Psychiatrist  France

 

Gina Dunstan,   Psychotherapist   UK

 

Christine van Duuren, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and Specialty Doctor in Psychiatry / Psychotherapy UKPMHN  Steering Group   UK

 

Liz Edwards, Psychotherapist BACP   UK

 

Luise Eichenbaum,  The Women's Therapy Centre Institute, New York City   USA

 

Irial Eno, MSc Researcher, (Mental Health of Palestinian Children)   UK

 

Ruth Fallenbaum, Ph.D   Psychologist  USA

 

Juliana Farha,   Psychotherapy Student  UK

 

Jason Farmer, CBT Therapist, Early Intervention Team,  UK

 

Dr Derek Farrell,  Principal Lecturer in Psychology, BABCP Accredited CBT Therapist, EMDR Europe Accredited Senior Trainer and Consultant. President of Trauma Aid Europe  UK

 

Angie Faust, B.Ed; M.Ed. Freelance Projects Co-ordinator

 

Nasreen Fazal-Short,  ClinPsyD  Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Director of Psychological Services   UK

 

Jean Fisher PhD,  Professor emeritus, Middlesex University    UK

 

Dr Dene Fokias,  AFBPS; Clin.Psy.D;  Consultant Neuropsychologist, Accredited CBT Therapist  UK

 

Benjamin Ford, CBT Therapist   UK

 

Michael Foulkes, Consultant Family Psychotherapist (Retired)   UK

 

Dr Rachel Fraser,  Clinical Psychologist   UK

 

Gemma Frisby, Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist PG Dip CBT, BSc hons   UK

 

Harriet Gaze,  Trainee Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist   UK 

 

Yoad Ghanadry-Hakim, Psychologist, PCC Jerusalem Palestine

 

Lynda Gilbert, B.A., PGCE, Adv.Dip.Couns., MBACP (Accred.) Psychodynamic Counsellor  UK

 

John Gleisner, Retired Consultant Psychiatrist UK

 

Mayte Gómez, Ph.D. Counsellor,  PCSR, Spain

 

Kathryn Goodman, Social Worker  UK

 

Dr Hilary Grant, Consultant Forensic Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Clinical Director Youth Services  UK

 

Peter James Gray,  Systemic Family Therapist  UK

 

Professor Colin Green, IMET2000   UK

 

Dr Sapna Gupta,  MRCPsych  Psychiatrist  UK

 

Dr Suhaib Bin Bilal Hafi,  MBBS, MRCPsych, MSc    Consultant Psychiatrist  UK

 

Mona Abu Hamda, Psy.D. Clinical Psychologist  USA

 

Rasha Hammami,  Psychotherapist UK

 

Dr Carl Harris, Consultant Clinical Psychologist  UK

 

David Harrold, Chair of Trustees, Palestine Trauma Centre   UK

 

Sarah Hawes,  Primary Mental Health Worker (retired)  UK

 

Irwin Z. Hoffman, Ph D, Psychologist  Psychoanalyst USA

 

Nancy Caro Hollander  Ph.D.,  Research Psychoanalyst   USA

 

Amanda Hon, MA, (UKCP) Transpersonal Psychotherapist; Jungian Candidate (AJA)  UK

 

Joel Hunter, RMN Community Psychiatric Nurse  UK

 

Filomena Ianni, Body Psychotherapist (EABP)   UK

 

David Ingleby,  Emeritus Professor of Intercultural Psychology Utrecht University The Netherlands

 

Maria Iturri, Psychotherapist in private practice,  UK

 

Dr Samah Jabr, Psychiatrist, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, Jerusalem Palestine

 

Chris Jackson, PHD ClinPsyD AFBPS  Consultant Clinical Psychologist  UK

 

Adib Jarrar, Dr. of Psychology, Clinical Psychologist, Organisational Development and Leadership Consultant, Ramallah and Paris

 

Charlotte Jarvis, M Psych Psych  Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist   UK

 

Salwa Jayyusi,  Psychotherapist and Counsellor   UK

 

Anne M Jones, Psychotherapist (BACP) School Counsellor  UK

 

Sandy Juric,  Psychotherapist, MSc   UK

 

Joe Kai,   Clinical Professor & Head of Primary Care  School of Medicine  University of Nottingham  UK

 

Martin Kemp PhD, Psychoanalyst   UKPMHN Steering Group  UK

 

Fiona Kennedy, ClinPsyD Consultant Clinical Psychologist   UK

 

Alan Kessedjian,  ClinPsyD AFBPS   Clinical Psychologist and Accredited CBT Therapist, Trainer and Supervisor  UK

 

Fiona Kessedjian, RMN  Community Psychiatric Nurse   UK

 

Dr Hind Khalifeh, Consultant Psychiatrist, London

 

Dr Sobia Khan, Principal Clinical Psychologist, NHS and Freedom from Torture Charity  UK

 

Dr Birgit Kleeberg, Consultant Adult Psychotherapist and Psychoanalyst  UK

 

Dr. Elana Lakh, Jungian Art Psychotherapist. Jerusalem, Israel     

 

Kieran Langan, Senior CBT Therapist   UK

 

Phil Lapworth, Psychotherapist and author    UK

 

Lynne Layton, Psychoanalyst  Boston USA

 

Delia Lenzi, M.D., Ph. D.  Neurologo, Psicoterapeuta  Italy 

 

Hilary Lester, Psychoanalyst,  Society of Analytical Psychology  UK

 

Julian Lousada, Psychoanalyst  UK

 

Sissy Lykou, Psychotherapist and Senior Lecturer UK

 

Dr. Ian McCabe, Psychologist & Jungian Analyst  Ireland

 

Glen Macklin,  Accredited CBT Therapist, Senior Clinical Supervisor to the IAPT   UK

 

Shaz Manir,  CEO Amirah Foundation   UK

 

Hannah Marsland, CBT therapist   UK

 

Denise Marleyn, Psychotherapist   UK

 

Dr François Martin-Vallas,  MD, PhD, Psychiatrist, Psychoanalyst  France

 

Dr Carola Mathers, MB BS MRCPSych,  Jungian Analyst  UK

 

Dr Dale Mathers Jungian Analyst, ACP   UK

 

Gareth Megra, CBT therapist   UK

 

Dr Aula Meki, Clinical Psychologist  UK

 

Sheila Melzak,  Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

Executive and Clinical Director Baobab Centre for Young Survivors in Exile  UK

 

Sherri Meese    Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist  UK

 

François Mémier Psychiatrist, Psychoanalyst, President of Société Française de Psychologie Analytique (SFPA)   France

 

Dr Maria Michail,  Research Psychologist  Senior Research Fellow  Uni of Nottingham   UK

 

Mariette Mignet, Psychoanalyst SFPA    France

 

Beatrice Millar  Psychotherapist    UK

 

Dr Luke Mitcheson. D.Clin.Psych.  UK

 

Leigh Morgan,  Psychodynamic Psychotherapist   UK

 

Ann Moriarty, PhD  Clinical Psychologist   UK

 

Khader Mubarak,   Head of Counselling and Special Education, North Hebron

 

Mohammed Mukhaimar, MSc Psychotherapist, Founder of Sumud Palestine UK, UKPMHN Steering Group   UK

 

Rana Nashashibi, Counseling Psychologist, Director Palestinian Counseling Center in the oPts  Palestine

 

Rebecca Nawaz, Mental Health Occupational Therapist Birmingham  UK

 

Mary Nielsen, MD  Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst  St. Louis, Missouri  USA

 

Sofia Noreen, Mental Health Nurse   UK

 

Lucy Nuttall, UKCP Reg Psychotherapist   UK

 

Anne O'Shea, CBT and EMDR therapist, PGDip CBT PGDip Counselling (Person Centred), Operational Lead, IAPT  UK

 

Vera O'Shea MA in Therapeutic Methods, RMN, CQSW, Dip in Psychiatric Social Work, Dip in Counselling, AASW  UK

 

Dr David Quinn, Consultant Clinical and Neuropsychologist, Head of Health Psychology UK

 

Tamara Qumseya, PhD candidate  Centre for Applied Cross-cultural Research (CACR) School of Psychology,  Victoria University of Wellington Wellington 6140, New Zealand

 

Eva Pattis, Psychotherapist  Italy

 

Eliana Pinto M.A., Consultant Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist (Retired) UKPMHN Steering Group  UK

 

Sue Platt,  Psychotherapist UKCP

 

Stephen Portuges, PhD Psychologist & Psychoanalyst, USA

 

Issa Rabadi, Palestine Union of Social Workers and Psychologists   Palestine

 

Claire Raguet, Clinical Psychologist, Psychoanalyst,  France

 

David Raines, MSc Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

 

Nicola Reid,  Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist  UK

 

Dermot Reilly, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist UK

 

Sigrun Reilly, BACP Accredited Counsellor in private practice    UK

 

Dr Brian Robinson,  NHS psychiatrist  (Retired)  Milton Keynes, UK

 

Anna Rose MA, UKCP Integrative Psychotherapist (retired)   UK

 

John Rose, CBT therapist   UK

 

Cathy Rostas. Psychotherapist FPC, BACP   UK

 

Sylvie Rouquette,  Jungian Psychologist France

 

Andrew Samuels, Professor of Analytical Psychology, University of Essex. Chair, UK Council for Psychotherapy, 2009-2012   UK

 

Wasseem el Sarraj, Writer, researcher, mental health professional   UK

 

Nicola Saunders,  Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist UKCP   UK

 

Maggie Schaedel,  Psychotherapist  UK

 

Professor Lynne Segal, Birkbeck, Psychosocial Studies, University of London UK

 

Taregh Shaban,  Postgrad Diploma CBT, Masters Psychoanalytic Studies, NHS CBT Therapist and Supervisor   UK

 

Linda Shampan, UKCP Regd. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist  UK

 

Alice Lowe Shaw, Ph.D. Psychoanalysis for Social Responsibility  USA

 

Lara Sheehi, Psy.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist   USA

 

Stephen Sheehi   Sultan Qaboos bin Said Chair of Middle  East Studies  Asian and Middle East Studies Program  College of William and Mary 

Washington Hall, 219  Williamsburg VA 23185-8795   USA

 

Guy Shennan, M.A., Solution-Focused Brief Therapist  UK

 

Nida Sharia Shuibat , Community Counsellor    Palestine

 

Stephen Soldz,  Director, Center for Research, Evaluation, and Program Development

Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis  USA

 

Dr David Sperlinger, Clinical Psychologist Retired   UK

 

Andrew Stevens, Clinical Psychologist, NHS Consultant, Director of CBT Programme, University of Birmingham  UK

 

Dr Derek Summerfield, Hon Sen Lect, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, Univ of London  UK

 

Dr Lynda Tait, PhD CPsychol MBPsS CSci UK

 

Luma Tarazi, CBT Therapist, Palestine Counselling Centre, Jerusalem   Palestine

 

Eric Taylor,  Counsellor   UK

 

Jean Thompson  Psychiatric Social Worker, Jungian Analyst (Retired)  UK

 

Cathy Troupp, M.A., M. Psych. Psych., Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, UKPMHN Steering Group    UK

 

Peter Trower, Professor of Clinical Psychology at Birmingham University School of Psychology  UK

 

Peter Tucker,  ClinPsyD  Consultant Clinical Psychologist in Neuropsychology   UK

 

Sahida Uddin,  Social Worker   UK

 

Isobel Urquhart,  Free Psychotherapy Network   UK

 

Alan G. Vaughan, Ph.D, JD  Core faculty & Director of Jungian Studies, Saybrook University  USA

 

Caterina Vezzoli, Analytical psychologist  Italy

 

Dr Imran Waheed, MBChB MRCPsych, Consultant Psychiatrist and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, UK.

 

Helen Wake PgDip CBT   UK

 

Dr Shamil Wanigaratne FBPsS   Consultant Clinical Psychologist    UK

 

Julie Ward, MEP, European Parliament Mental Health Ambassador  UK

 

Martin Weegmann  Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Group Analyst  UK

 

Jeremy Weinstein,  Psychotherapist UKCP/BACP, The Mental Health Charter (SWAN)   UK

 

Bill White, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Clin.Psy.D, CPSYCHOL, AFBPsS   UK

 

Kate White, Attachment-based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist   UK

 

Maria Cecilia White, BA Hons Mental Health RMN MSc Public Administration UK

 

Emma Wignall Senior PWP BSc Hons PG Cert.   UK

 

David Williams, Mental Health Social Worker  UK

 

Lisa Williams, CBT therapist, Team Lead, Kent   UK

 

Ruth Williams, Jungian Analyst-Analytical Psychologist  UK

 

Stefania Williams,  Psychotherapist   UK

 

Dr Sara Willott, PhD, ClinPsyd, Clinical Psychologist   UK

 

Lynda Woodroffe,  MA, UKCP, Psychotherapist, London. UK

 

Adrian Worrall, DOccPsy, researcher, UKPMHN Steering Group   UK

 

Bernadette Wren,  Consultant Clinical Psychologist  UK

 

Salma Yaqoob,  Psychotherapist   UK

 

Heba Zaphiriou-Zarifi,  Jungian Analyst UKCP, IAAP  UK

 

Daher Zeidani,   Social Worker  Palestine

 

Dr Felicity de Zulueta, Emeritus Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy and Hon. Senior Lecturer in Traumatic Studies UK

 

 

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