Corporation Tax and the politics of Union…

There seems to be a head of steam gathering in behind the campaign to drop Corporation Tax to the same level as the Republic. Peter Bunting of the ICTU has argued that it is both wrong headed, and implausible. Indeed the campaign’s biggest problem is that no UK adminstration is going to wear differential rates that privilege Northern Ireland over, say Cornwall or Yorkshire. That doesn’t mean to say that the campaign will not meet it’s object. It is not beyond the realms of possibility that Prime Minister Brown will seek to drive the Tories in an electoral corner by doing that which they least suspect: cutting Corporation Take to 12.5%! The question is: will it work? Or is it, as the ICTU, alleges, just another form of magic thinking?

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty