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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11:20am Monday 28th July 2014

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Today’s letters

Landlords getting rich at the expense of taxpayers

Oxford Mail:

12:43pm Thursday 21st May 2015

ALL housing benefit should be stopped and then Oxford landlords will have to bring rents down in line with wages and incomes.

Why are cars allowed to obstruct so many streets?

Oxford Mail:

12:41pm Thursday 21st May 2015

THE letter by Laura Hook about parking permits in today’s Oxford Mail (May 18) took my mind back into the past.

Lack of a referendum on EU lost Miliband election

Oxford Mail:

12:40pm Thursday 21st May 2015

ANEURIN Bevan must have had two dreams in the immediate post-war years.

There are good and bad apples in the police force

Oxford Mail:

12:39pm Thursday 21st May 2015

IN your article about a policeman sacked for lying that his car had been stolen (May 13), not only to his colleagues but also to the insurance company which actually forked out the value of the vehicle, you quote Det Chief Supt Tim De Meyer as stating “...there can...be no place in the police for those who do not act with integrity. Thankfully, cases such as this are rare...”

Roundabout cash could have been better used

Oxford Mail:

12:38pm Thursday 21st May 2015

ALL the people I have spoken to feel that the £1.6m cost of redesigning The Plain roundabout could have been better used. Except for buses, all traffic going to and coming from the John Radcliffe Hospital has to use Headley Way.

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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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