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Opinion: spare the fireworks, change some minds
Public discourse is peppered with bombast. It has no use and dilutes the quality of debate - if you want people to rethink their opinions then pick your words more carefully.
Fermanagh and S Tyrone: a silent Minister and a Twitter "bad boy"
After gritty North Belfast, our Twitter tour sees us seeking out the MLAs of the idyllic countryside of Fermanagh and South Tyrone whose steeples are far from dreary.
Is Lottery funding being undermined?
Across the Irish Sea moves are afoot that could threaten the National Lottery and the charities in Northern Ireland that depend on its funding, Scope investigates
Contagious confusion - mixing up the messages
Following our look at how our politics may be set up to drive the local health system to ruin, Scope spoke with News Letter political correspondent Sam McBride about whether things can change.
Profanity, parody accounts and prison escapes: North Belfast MLAs
Our next port of call as we trawl Twitter to see how our politicians are faring on social media is the hotly contested constituency of North Belfast, home to several big guns (metaphorically speaking).
How our MLAs fare on Twitter: North Down
US President Barack Obama reinvented social media as a tool for political success and his exploits have been copied across the world. Scope examines how our politicians are exploiting the new media.
Stark choices, expensive healthcare and cheap politics
Three weeks after the Donaldson report and it appears all is forgotten. Are local political dynamics driving our health system unstoppably to the brink and beyond? Scope investigates.
Older people, health managers and cheap tricks
Older Peoples’ Commissioner Claire Keatinge had some tough messages for the health service when she spoke to Scope.
HSC - a private public service
The Donaldson report makes for uneasy reading. Amongst its barrage of criticisms comes disbelief that Ombudsman findings into HSC failings are held back from public view. Scope looks at the issue.
Too Cool for school: the unique new scheme to help young people succeed
Cool FM’s training partnership with Start360 is the first whereby a private sector company receives funding from the Big Lottery, Scope checks on how it is shaping up.
Donaldson: how the media and politicians act against the public interest
Scope delves behind the headlines to examine some disturbing implications of the Donaldson Report into health care in Northern Ireland.
Drive to zero: suicide in Northern Ireland
Nick Clegg has made suicide a general election issue. Scope looks at the current political climate for this troubling issue which disproportionately affects Northern Ireland.
Respect our culture! Can the arts help craft a modern economy?
Total annual funding for the arts in Northern Ireland is the same as the cost of policing Twaddell Avenue. Scope asks whether we should treat it as an investment in creativity and afford the sector more respect.
Money Mili-bank: who will pay for a skills revolution?
If Ed Miliband becomes PM he wants to overhaul our skills base to drive future prosperity - but training budgets are being slashed, so how will this be possible? Scope examines the issue.