Wilson: all island economy good for eveyone…

From yesterday in the Commons…

As we share a land boundary with the Irish Republic, which has had rapid growth, it is important that we have the right economic conditions. I was glad to hear the right hon. Member for Wokingham (Mr. Redwood) indicate that one of the changes required was to reduce the level of corporation tax. The level of taxation, including stealth taxes and so on, has never been higher in the United Kingdom. That is one of the reasons for our decreased competitiveness.

Several Labour Members have talked about the threat to the environment, and it is significant that that argument has appeared just when the Chancellor is running out of stealth taxes and must find a new excuse to get us to open our wallets and pay more. The threat of freezing or drowning—or frying, if we are talking about global warming—seems to be the Chancellor’s next ploy to get his hands in our pockets. It is essential that we have a low tax base.

He was then asked:

Mr. Devine: The hon. Gentleman is a staunch supporter of the Union, but he seems to be arguing for Northern Ireland to have a different taxation policy that is more akin to that in the Republic? Is that correct?

Sammy’s reply? “Absolutely not!”

  • smcgiff

    I read that Sammy Wilson wants to have lowered Income tax rates, possibly to ROI levels, but that doesn’t mean he’s in favour of an all-island economy.

    And where’s Sammy’s picture on the linked website – THAT’s the big question! 🙂

  • Henry94

    The Chinese used to say that when they took over Hong Kong it would be one country two systems. Sammy wants one system two countries.

  • Tampico

    Why is it that nationalists/republicans always seem to react to calls for a lower level of corporation tax by saying that this is an attempt at tax harmonisation between NI and the ROI or embryonic steps towards an all-island economy?

    In the DUP’s response to the recent report by the Industrial Taskforce, their economy man George Dawson said “We feel that a lower rate than the Irish Republic rather than parity is what Northern Ireland ought to be aiming for”.

    Clearly the DUP don’t want one tax system. They want an advantage.

    Also, why won’t some people get it through their thick heads that two countries with two different currencies and two different tax regimes (even if there was parity on corporation tax, other taxes remain different) can’t easily become one economy?

  • Back to the Hanseatic League and the Zollverein economic unity usually is a precondition for political unity.

    I’m sure Sammy Wilson must know this.

    Partition was a physical reality on the ground for decades.

    Now it is being dismantled-for the benefit of everyone.

  • Rodney McCune

    Sometimes the Hansard transcript reads more favourably than the television coverage but having watched this debate at home on the Parliament channel Sammy Wilson’s contribution is as painful to read as it was to watch.

    After displaying a significant level of ignorance on fiscal matters he goes on to share his thoughts on climate change, he said:

    “Several Labour Members have talked about the threat to the environment, and it is significant that that argument has appeared just when the Chancellor is running out of stealth taxes and must find a new excuse to get us to open our wallets and pay more. The threat of freezing or drowning—or frying, if we are talking about global warming—seems to be the Chancellor’s next ploy to get his hands in our pockets. It is essential that we have a low tax base.”

    Just as climate change is not a ruse to raise taxes, corporation tax is a matter of national policy not regional.

    The Unionist Community must have representatives at Westminster who will work together to present a positive contribution from Northern Ireland to debates on national issues. The perception, elsewhere in the United Kingdom, of Northern Ireland’s value is hardly enhanced by such political adolesence.

    I despair.

  • Belfast Gonzo

    Ironic that the DUP is supportive of the Corporation Tax campaign, as it’s being used as a weapon by the SNP to break up the Union.

    Bwahahahaha!

  • Yokel

    Alright what happened to my post, the 1st on this thread hours ago?

    Was it really controversial or was there a gremlin in the system?

  • Mick Fealty

    It wasn’t really offensive Yok, just playing the man right through. Sorry.

  • Yokel

    Fair enough…more a joke about the bloke than anything else.

    I could go on about freedom of expression but..too much effort.

  • Just read the entire hansard extract. What strikes me is that here is an NI MP trying to contribute to a national debate on the Queen’s Speech, trying to go toe to toe with other parliamentarians by taking interventions from MPs from the government and opposition parties, debating matters outside the narrow confines of NI politics. AND FAILING MISERABLY.

    Just embarrassing.

  • London Unionist

    Rodney – good to hear from you. Whatever happened to the Westminster Unionist Association?

  • rich

    “Also, why won’t some people get it through their thick heads that two countries with two different currencies and two different tax regimes (even if there was parity on corporation tax, other taxes remain different) can’t easily become one economy?”

    *cough* Heard of thisEuropean Union?
    May not be easy (show me something worthwhile that IS easy) but it is possible & completely logical

  • IJP

    The DUP is all for “British Ulster”, but accepts Irish taxes are more suitable than British taxes.

    Sinn Féin is avowedly anti-partition, but is pro-police in one part of the island and anti-police in the other part.

    Quite.

  • Rodney McCune

    London Unionist,

    “Whatever happened to the Westminster Unionist Association?”

    Past tense is inappropriate! The Association is still going strong. In fact, we have our annual pub quiz this weekend so get in contact. The door is open to all Unionists.

    Regards

    Rodney