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Teaming up with rest of Europe our best option

Oxford Mail: . .

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

If we are not proactive we’ll lose our resources

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

The letters page on Tuesday, August 12, reflected an obvious dilemma and touched on several connected issues. One correspondent asked ‘why can’t Oxford people wait until there are some real plans to examine before leaping into negative mode?’ If we did that the powers-that-be (in our one party parish) would have done half their job. In this part of the parish Stansfeld Education Centre is an urgent issue. The Friends of Quarry are seeking partners to keep it in the same use ie primarily educational or recreational. Some of us may be more creative but if we’re not proactive we’ll lose another vital (public) resource and the environment will deteriorate further.

Where are all these extra cars going to park?

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

It’s all very well for Cherwell District Council to announce another 720 houses for the Kingsmere estate in Bicester and plans for another 6,000 at the north west of Bicester. I have just one question. Where are all the influx of cars going to park in town? Just when I thought the car parks had been sorted out, along comes Cherwell approving more housing.

What a lovely surprise to visit swimming pool

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

As a boy I used to swim in Hinksey swimming pool but have not done so as an adult. Having passed the pool many times on my cycling trips to Oxford I often thought what a pity it was that the pool had been left to deteriorate.

Bees need somewhere to forage properly

Oxford Mail:

2:00pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

It’s good that Oxfordshire County Council are trying to help bees, but they are going about it the wrong way. It’s no good having a hive in every other garden if the bees have nowhere to forage.

Care I received was excellent and I cannot praise the staff too highly

Oxford Mail:

2:00pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

As a regular reader of the Oxford Mail I am aware of your extensive coverage of the NHS. You also (rightly) draw attention to some of the pressures in the system, as well as good stories.

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