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Should retail levy go back on shelf?

If this column were a retailer it wouldn't be subject to Sammy Wilson's proposed levy tonight, shorn as it is of spatial availability.

As the war rages on between retailers and the politician rebuffing multi-national blows at bargain basement prices, opinions have been flooding in on the merits of such a scheme. They come in three forms:

* those who are in favour of a large retailer levy in order to protect small retailers from the ravages of recession

* those who are against a large retailer levy for fear that it will curtail further inward investment to Northern Ireland and make us unattractive to the 'big boys'.

And, most commonly:

* those who want to support small retailers but don't want to scare off inward investment.

Sammy, it's over to you.