We are indeed better off together and united

Campaign material ahead of the Scottish referendum

Campaign material ahead of the Scottish referendum

First published in News

LET'S hope the residents of Scotland have the good sense to stay within the British family. A vote to separate will damage jobs, the currency and pensions. A tiny state within the European Union will have little or no influence on the big decisions.

To rely on uncertain supplies of North Sea oil in an era of climate change is foolhardy. Moving the submarine base to England will not protect Scotland if there is ever a nuclear war. Creating yet another border in an increasingly international world is a backwards step.

In practical terms a ‘yes’ vote will make it more difficult to achieve a Labour Government at Westminster. But a Scotland which keeps the Queen, wants to use what would be a largely English pound and wants to re-join the European Union, is not truly independent.

I urge readers to contact their friends and relations in Scotland straight away and ask them to vote ‘No’ before it is too late. A United Kingdom will be wealthier, more secure and have a bigger say in world affairs. We are indeed all better off together.

Cllr John Tanner (Labour)

Board Member for a Cleaner, Greener Oxford (inc. Transport)

City Councillor for Littlemore & County Councillor for Isis

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Today’s letters

Sustainable transport is a vital part of development

Oxford Mail:

10:38am Monday 27th April 2015

We've seen on one hand plans to review Green Belt land with the aim of developing it, and on the other hand a report that plans for 270 new homes in Littlemore.

Hotel blaze came at huge cost to county taxpayers

Oxford Mail:

10:37am Monday 27th April 2015

Michael Grange, the director of the Randolph Hotel, is quoted at great length about the "devastating" damage to his establishment caused by the recent fire and about the expected "extremely expensive" repairs.

Global warming made up by the climate alarmists

Oxford Mail:

10:35am Monday 27th April 2015

How apt that the activists at Sustainable Wantage decided to switch the lights off for an hour to get attention for their eco-hysteria.

Idea of nuclear deterrent is just a myth in reality

Oxford Mail:

10:35am Monday 27th April 2015

Your correspondent B Gibbs (letters April 21) shows a touching but misplaced faith in a nuclear deterrent.

Hospital urgently needs a Park-and-Ride bus service

Oxford Mail:

10:34am Monday 27th April 2015

Parking at the John Radcliffe Hospital is seriously inadequate and getting worse.

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10:07pm Thu 4 Sep 14

mytaxes says...

My friends and relatives are certainly well informed without the words of wisdom from an Oxford councillor. Perhaps you are more worried that Labour would lose 41 MPs in Westminster?
My friends and relatives are certainly well informed without the words of wisdom from an Oxford councillor. Perhaps you are more worried that Labour would lose 41 MPs in Westminster? mytaxes
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9:36am Fri 5 Sep 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

mytaxes wrote:
My friends and relatives are certainly well informed without the words of wisdom from an Oxford councillor. Perhaps you are more worried that Labour would lose 41 MPs in Westminster?
There is probably also the underlying worry in the council that with Scotland's universities getting a far bigger research budget pro-rata than England. If Scotland leaves and the remaining budget is then re-apportioned to England & Wales - it will potentially be £Ms more to spend on research in Oxford!

This would undoubtedly lead to greater pressure on housing and commercial developments.
[quote][p][bold]mytaxes[/bold] wrote: My friends and relatives are certainly well informed without the words of wisdom from an Oxford councillor. Perhaps you are more worried that Labour would lose 41 MPs in Westminster?[/p][/quote]There is probably also the underlying worry in the council that with Scotland's universities getting a far bigger research budget pro-rata than England. If Scotland leaves and the remaining budget is then re-apportioned to England & Wales - it will potentially be £Ms more to spend on research in Oxford! This would undoubtedly lead to greater pressure on housing and commercial developments. Andrew:Oxford
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