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Donald Trump's mastery of the media
Are media commentators under-estimating Donald Trump? Nick Garbutt asks if there is method to the apparent madness.
Arlene and the media
I was once told by someone who had suffered at the hands of the press that journalists are like beagles.
Inappropriate language: what is going on in modern politics?
The establishment is taking a kicking at the polls and many people struggle to understand why. One reason the point is being missed is because political discussion is hamstrung by outdated slogans.
Fostering goodwill with another unionist defection
You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Party-hopping councillor Aaron Callan has stepped on a rake and smacked himself in the face – but it won’t really matter.
Health reform, part two – stubborn opposition
Scope looks at media shortcomings and the spectre of a populist threat to health reform that just won’t go away.
Health reform, part one – here we don’t go again?
The Bengoa report has been been published and the Health Minister has released parallel plans for reform. We’ve been here before.
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.
McKay resigns over allegations he coached Bryson regarding Nama
Sinn Fein MLA Daithí McKay has resigned following an Irish News scoop about Nama evidence concerning Peter Robinson – allegations of corruption within an investigation into corruption. Scope looks at the context.
Have cake, eat cake, still have cake
The letter from the First (and deputy First) Minister to new PM Theresa May is staggering – NI wants to be part of the EU in all but name, even if “Brexit means Brexit”
Corbyn, competence and the future of Labour
The closer you look at Jeremy Corbyn, the more the depth of his failings become apparent. His ability to gather new supporters by tapping into a particular vein of frustration should not be ignored - but leadership requires more.
Key report on health reform completed
The international panel of experts brought in to examine how best we can avoid disaster and create a solid Health and Social Care has finished its work. Now it's over to politicans - and the rest of us - the first signs are hopeful.
The BBC demotes its boss in Northern Ireland
Putting out bad or highly contentious statements on a busy news day is one of the oldest and sneakiest tricks in the book.
The battle for the BBC in Northern Ireland
Coverage of Culture Secretary John Whittingdale’s white paper on the future of the BBC has concentrated on the abolition of the BBC Trust and the publication of the salaries of the highest paid stars.
Democracy and NI: the state we live in
What is the state of democracy in Northern Ireland? Many would give a one-word answer. But to improve the world around us we need engagement, and to embrace of nuance, complexity and the views of others. No-one said it was easy.