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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2:00pm Friday 24th October 2014

Can anyone from Oxfordshire County Council please stand up and tell me why they think that it is okay to treat the commuting public of south Oxfordshire with such disgraceful disrespect?

Underground bus idea sounds just great to me

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Housing would destroy this ancient landscape

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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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