LETTER: Scathing critique of Gatwick Airport document

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The report on page 2 of the August 26 edition of the Crawley Observer included a comprehensive rebuttal by Sir Howard Davies of Gatwick Airport’s (GAL) 50 page ‘document’ by Stewart Wingate

Sir Howard Davies was very firm in his scathing critique of GAL’s document.

This was followed by a comprehensive demolition of the case for a second runway in the page 30 letter by Brendon Sewill.

I ask myself why does GAL persist in pushing something that is of no economic benefit to Crawley and, compared to Heathrow, inferior benefit to the nation as a whole. Why, do they not shut up and accept defeat as Brendon Sewill recommends? If GAL persists in arguing a case that has zero benefit locally and inferior benefit nationally why do they do it? GAL is a Business Corporation and the answer must lie in the definition of a “corporation”.

The best definition of a ‘corporation’ that I have ever seen comes from Wendell Berry, the Kentuckian philosopher farmer. He said: “A corporation, essentially, is a pile of money to which a number of persons have sold their moral allegiance ... it can experience no personal hope or remorse, it cannot humble itself, it goes about its business as if it were immortal, with the single purpose of becoming a bigger pile of money”

There we have it.

Bill Sorrell, Warnham. CAGNE (Communities Against Gatwick Noise Emissions)


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