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

How will council make up for cutting down trees?

Oxford Mail:

12:11pm Friday 24th April 2015

I notice six plane trees in Castle Street have been deprived of their branches, ready for the Westgate Centre improvements.

Looking forward to many more wonderful pictures

Oxford Mail:

12:11pm Friday 24th April 2015

Iit is good to see a picture of the four nominees for the 2015 Regional Press Awards in Wednesday’s Oxford Mail. You have a long history of extraordinarily good photographers at the Oxford Mail and The Oxford Times.

It’s high time the rest of Europe went to Italy’s aid

Oxford Mail:

12:09pm Friday 24th April 2015

Pointing out that, on the day marking the 70th anniversary of the relief of Buchenwald death camp, 400 people fleeing from religious and political persecution were drowned when a boat capsized in the Mediterranean, Peter Unsworth asks whether anyone can tell him what we have learned during the intervening period (Cabbages and Kings, April 17).

Legal rulings make a mockery of justice

Oxford Mail:

12:08pm Friday 24th April 2015

Recent events in the media highlight two problems of public interest:

Straight answers are needed

Oxford Mail:

12:07pm Friday 24th April 2015

The designs for the unfolding Westgate development are beginning to seem completely soulless compared with the spiritually inspired and timelessly beautiful mediaeval Oxford buildings...

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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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