Two rambling and disjointed letters in consecutive editions of the Ealing Gazette from 'getting old' A W Thom, of Alicante in Spain, in which he voices his approval for the third runway at Heathrow.
I assume he is a retired airline employee on a good pension and able to make use of their generous discounted air fares. It is precisely because of a concern for present and future generations that this proposal must be prevented from going ahead.
Despite spurious denials from the Government, it would generate a huge amount of additional noise and pollution in large parts of the London area and would only benefit the airport owners and not, as is often parroted, the UK economy as a whole.
The airport at Alicante is well away from any densely populated areas and planes can take off and land over the sea, so A W Thom doesn't have the problem.
It is true that whole villages in the past were submerged to allow reservoirs and dams to be built, and others evacuated during the Second World War to facilitate army training, but these were done in the national interest and not to satisfy the greed of big business and allow holidaymakers cheap flights to foreign parts.
It beggars belief that a modern day Labour government whose principal aim should be the protection of its citizens would allow a whole community to be destroyed purely in the interest of profit for one company.
Joseph Stalin and Mao Tse-tung would approve.
Man's inhumanity to man Makes countless thousands mourn! - Robert Burns.
COLIN CANT Ealing