Teaming up with rest of Europe our best option



First published in Letters

THE recent increase in support for UKIP is depressing and worrying. I can’t see cutting ourselves adrift from Europe will help the UK – in fact, the reverse. For a country to be successful, size matters; which is why the US and China do well. Britain became very rich because it had the Empire to provide that necessary, huge market, but that is no more. Teaming up with the rest of Europe was our best option.

Modern products are complex and expensive to produce, which is why major British manufacturers treat Europe, with its lack of border control, as though it were a single country.

A prime example is the aircraft industry. The days when aircraft were relatively cheap to make and short-lived are no more: today, a passenger or transport plane costs billions to design and build and then will be in service for decades.

Many of the old European aircraft firms have got together so that manufacturing cost is spread over most European countries. For Airbus, England and Wales are the main assembly points for the wings. If I remember correctly, the work on the wing assemblies alone provides Britain with employment for some 12,000 people. What would happen if we were no longer part of the EU?

What’s this nonsense about Europeans being foreigners? Since most of us have a common ancestry and language, we can’t be that different. What’s wrong with adding to the gene pool? It’s been good for us in the past.

DERRICK HOLT Fortnam Close Headington

Today’s letters

Campaign is in danger of losing its credibility

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Thursday 18th December 2014

If the University of Oxford were to bombard me with as many leaflets as the “Save Port Meadow Campaign” has, there would be an outcry in your columns.

Noise pollution has had a much bigger impact

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Thursday 18th December 2014

If the “Save Port Meadow” campaigners are really concerned about environmental impact, then they should now campaign vigorously to divert the A34. The continuous noise pollution from this road has a far bigger impact on the environment of the meadow,than the occasional view of the Castle Mill flats.

Councillors should hang their heads in shame

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Thursday 18th December 2014

“We are all in this together” is David Cameron’s clarion call. All except it appears our county councillors. Those who voted for the draconian cuts to save money and then voted to put up their own expenses should hang their greedy heads in shame.

Holiday home reasoning left me flabbergasted

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Thursday 18th December 2014

Oxford Land Investments should get a prize for their reason for proposing holiday houses on the Green Belt south of Cothill Pit nature reserve. They say they want to give people “not lucky enough to live in Oxford’s Green Belt a chance to visit it”. But why only 14 houses? Such a beautiful wildlife haven should have hundreds of houses. Otherwise people can only experience it by walking through it.

No opportunity to ask any other questions

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Thursday 18th December 2014

On December 10 I and two other Botley residents drove to Wantage to attend the Vale’s full council meeting, expecting to hear what was on the agenda: 15 questions asked by various councillors, three of which related to Botley and the planning committee’s refusal of Doric’s plans for West Way.

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