Mark Devenport highlights two problems with Owen Paterson's super whizzo idea that he raised at the Northern Ireland Select Committee. First he contradicted the Deputy Speaker of the House, David Heath MP, who had denied in a written answer that there were any plans to change the oath:
"The Government have no plans to change these requirements."
Second when asked about the idea Gerry Adams curled up in laughter, somewhat predictably considering previous comments. Perhaps now Paterson will see the sense of simply getting on with cutting their allowances and ending these pointless games.