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Debate of the Week – Rural Bank Closures
Week three of our new eye on Stormont’s plenary sessions and we look at the SDLP’s motion on rural bank closures.
David Gordon: the task ahead
When you are working with puppets the strings should never show. That’s why the first rule for spin doctors is shape the stories and never become part of them.
Debate of the week – visionary Brexit
This week Scope will look at the UUP’s plenary call to action on their recent policy paper, A Vision for Northern Ireland outside the EU.
A dash of vodka meets a mixed reception
When Smirnoff got involved with Pride, it was not to complete acclaim. Balancing positive marketing and discussing difficult issues, generating funding and acting in the purest interests of the community - this can be a real tangle.
What does the future hold for the sector?
A major piece of research on the future of the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland is shortly to get underway.
Minority report: slow progress rather than cruise control
A minority government – as Dublin is set to find out – is different from one in control of its own destiny. This has knock-on effects for anyone wanting to engage, especially those interested in new legislation or policy.
Debate of the Week: Housing Selection Scheme
The first in a new series – we run the rule over one discussion from Stormont’s plenary sessions while the Assembly is in session. First up: housing selection.
Education - the discussion begins
Scope is planning a series of articles on any and all aspects of our education system - and we want to hear from you.
Northern Ireland goes naked into the storms
Some Northern Ireland politicians dispute the cause of global warming. Some even have unconventional views about the age and history of the earth. But you can’t argue with facts.
A solution or a fix?
Proposals for new electoral boundaries in Northern Ireland are out for consultation. So far, so calm - but expect more fiery opposition, and support, when the effects on party representation in Stormont are seen more clearly.
In defence of Máirtín Ó Muilleoir
How can politicians expect everyone else to take our political institutions seriously when they show such contempt for them themselves?
Unspoken issues around making a will
In Northern Ireland, many people have not made a will, increasing the risk of intestacy to individuals and their families - while the lack of discussion about this issue also affects charities' funding.
Social democracy - departments and their profiles
Twitter is the social channel of choice in politics. Scope undertakes a serious analysis of how the new NI Executive departments distribute information to the adoring masses.
Blowing in the wind: the answer to our energy woes?
In the second of our series exploring big economic ideas coming out of the Centre for Economic Empowerment's Festival of Economics we look at community energy schemes