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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ?
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.
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.
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.
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