Lady Hermon weighs in on Corporation Tax

With a couple of notable exceptions, there has been little political opposition to the proposals to allow Stormont to set the level of Corporation Tax. Indeed, it has been almost talked up by many on the hill as the silver bullet, while obviously being careful to not actually say as such. Yesterday however, Lady Sylvia Hermon, the popular Independent MP for North Down gave an interview to Radio Ulster and made it very clear that she was unconvinced the move would be …

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“How parents can help their children avoid homosexuality”

The words of the group, Core Issues, who are organising an event next Tuesday at Belvoir Church of Ireland where they will discuss the ‘merits’ of Reparative Therapy – the belief that through therapy and prayer, Gay people can be ‘cured’ of their ‘illness’.  Not surprisingly, a protest has been organised by The Rainbow Project, details of which can be found here if you are interested in attending. Obviously, Northern Ireland has come across this type of thing before. Iris Robinson …

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Archbishop of Canterbury raises questions about coalitions that apply here too.

It won’t come as a surprise to most Tories that the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams isn’t a fan of theirs, though I imagine even they are surprised at the quite frank criticisms he has levelled at them in his editorial for the New Statesman which is previewed here. Williams focuses on the speed and depth of reforms that the Tories and their coalition partner are making but for me, the most interesting point he raises is that of whether …

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MLA’s Pay Review – Is it needed?

It’s natural, given the economic climate we currently suffer, that when considering the merits of any political decision there is a focus on cost in particular. Of course, that’s not a wholly unhealthy thing to consider and indeed for the most part it’s essential, but there is a danger that this focus leads to wrong decisions made for the wrong reasons. Last week, when it was announced that an independent panel would be convened to review the pay and rewards …

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