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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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