Slugger brings us news that Scottish First Minister Jack McConnell has stepped into the debate about Northern Ireland’s demand for a corporation tax cut:
The comments were made during First Minister’s Questions at Holyrood, during which he told MSPs: "I believe in consistency in tax policy across the United Kingdom. And of course, measures introduced in Northern Ireland would be very welcome here in Scotland. We would want to have the same incentives as elsewhere in the United Kingdom". (The Herald)
I think the interesting question in response is this: If Scotland would need to match a lower Northern Ireland rate to compete effectively, why does it not need a lower rate to compete with the Republic?