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

Squeezing OAPs cash

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Friday 6th March 2015

COUNTY councillor for Witney Laura Price, in regard to the development of care cost (February 25), says that Oxfordshire County Council is powerless and “have got to comply” with the Care Act 2014.

'Pots and kettles' Susan

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Friday 6th March 2015

SUSAN THOMAS (March 2) tells us it is human to err and and continues: “However when politicians say unkind words that is a far worse transgression”.

'Pork barrel' politics

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Friday 6th March 2015

DID I dream it or was it only last month that the Vale Vision dropped through my letterbox proclaiming under “Ten things we have achieved together for Abingdon”, that the Open air swimming pool had been saved for future generations by no less a personage than our current MP? (See point three of the 10 achievements) Now it would seem that our current MP and the Vale of White Horse District Council are speaking with a ‘forked tongue’ if the gerrymandered public consultation is anything to go by.

Stop ducking out PM

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Friday 6th March 2015

DAVID CAMERON keeps trying to wriggle out of live head-to-head TV debates ahead of the forthcoming General Election.

Lib Dems are now just following our position

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Friday 6th March 2015

I AM delighted to see that three of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidates have promised to challenge the SHMA housing report.

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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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