I see that the Government has said that the age of sexual consent in Northern Ireland is to be reduced to 16. This brings it into line with the rest of the UK. The draft legislation was laid before the House of Commons on Tuesday. I disagree with this, and think it should remain as it is, at 17. I wonder where the local political parties stand on this, are they happy to go along with this change? Where do the Churches stand?
I also note that elsewhere around the world, liberal have lowered the age of consent to 14 (As in Canada) and I dare say some are not even satisfied with this. I do not doubt that kids are reaching puberty at ever younger years but that does not mean they have reached the emotional maturity to engage in sex and deal with all the consequences. I think that the Stormont Government should be rigorously opposing this – but it won’t. Instead it lets Westminster do the dirty work of lowering the age of consent whilst it watches on, impassively.