Budget good or bad for NI or does anyone care?

I see Gordon Brown’s budget has caused the usual high level of interest among the political parties in Northern Ireland.

Brown follows in the inimitable footsteps of Charles Haughey by introducing free bus passes for pensioners while he has also doubled the level at which house buyers pay stamp duty to £120,000 sterling.

No drop in petrol prices so people will still head south to tank up while no drop in corporation tax means foreign investors will still favour the Irish Republic.

Brown also said there would be no further assessment of whether the UK should adopt the euro in this Budget while the 100% VAT refund for renovations to religious buildings has been extended by three years.

A good or bad budget for the people of Northern Ireland or does anyone actually care?

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