Well...for some, only when it suits:
The age of sexual consent in Northern Ireland is to be reduced to 16 to bring it into line with the rest of the UK.
The reduction from 17 was contained in new sexual offences laws introduced to the House of Commons on Wednesday by Criminal Justice Minister Paul Goggins.
I'm not making an argument here, one way or the other, regarding 16 being the age of sexual consent; my argument is if that is the age Westminster decides is appropriate, then it is appropriate for every part of the UK.
The age change will apply to both heterosexual and homosexual relationships. MLAs claimed a change could encourage sexual predators from the Republic of Ireland -where the age of consent remains 17 - to travel to Northern Ireland.
Of course it could, that one year will make all the difference- what complete and utter nonsense.