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 Letters

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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Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Monday 24th November 2014

Network Rail has again sprung a nasty surprise on the people of North Oxford. Last time it was the announcement in its forward plan that that it was contemplating a rail flyover to replace the Oxford North junction just south of Wolvercote.

Congratulations to all behind this initiative

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Monday 24th November 2014

What fantastic news. I am referring to the story ‘Team effort wins Wantage award for best town centre’ in the Great British Town Awards, November 12. Surely accolades don’t come much better than that.

I will pursue this as soon as funding is available

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Monday 24th November 2014

Allow me to thank Elaine Bennett, (When is lighting going to be installed?, November 18) for her kind words regarding me getting the lights installed into Croft Road Recreation Ground.

Money could have been spent much more wisely

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Monday 24th November 2014

Does anyone know why Oxfordshire County Council is spending vast amounts of money to “improve” the Ducklington Lane/Station Lane junction in Witney?

Residents should not have to lose such a valued community amenity

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Monday 24th November 2014

On Monday evening I learned about the latest proposal by the Save Temple Cowley Pools group for leasing the facilities, saving them from destruction and replacement by housing. The city council will consider this and other proposals at 5.30pm on December 10. Some reasons to hope that this plan wins out: 1. The pools and gym are much used and conveniently located. They are within walking distance for many people, unlike the replacement pool in Blackbird Leys, which would have to be accessed by bus or car by the majority.

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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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