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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Today’s letters

Another nail in the coffin for pedestrians

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Friday 19th December 2014

The county council cabinet decision to allow the relocation of the Marcham Road pelican crossing about 100 metres further from the junction with Drayton Road, and to install an additional crossing on Ock Street to the east of Drayton Road, is another nail in the coffin for many groups including motorists, pedestrians and cyclists.

Many bus users will disagree with increase

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Friday 19th December 2014

In November, 3,400 residents in Ascott-, Milton- and Shipton-under-Wychwood lost their direct bus to Witney. The county council has saved an hourly service as far as Burford, but there passengers must change to a different bus to complete their journey.

I am trying to return painting to right family

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Friday 19th December 2014

As another Christmas approaches I wish to make one more attempt to return a painting by the late Mrs Elizabeth M Aitken to her family, whose whereabouts I unfortunately have no knowledge of. Mrs Aitken exhibited at the Royal Academy and was looked after in her later life by my late mother, an RAF widow.

Officials can defer to a more appropriate time

Oxford Mail:

2:00pm Friday 19th December 2014

Are we expected to believe those councillors who voted for the 19 per cent increase in the basic allowance did so to attract younger people to become councillors? Were they themselves attracted by the money?

There is chaos when road is closed for a day

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Friday 19th December 2014

I was very concerned to read your article (‘More traffic chaos feared as major roadworks loom’, December 15) about the proposed closure of the Cowley Road for three weeks in February.

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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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