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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.
Unhealthy future - part two
Part two of our look at health reform in the context of Stormont parties' policies. Here we examine party manifestos - and find contradictions, shameless vote grabbing, and deceit or stupidity or both.
Unhealthy future - part one
The need for health reform will become even more pressing throughout the next mandate. Scope has analysed party policy alongside the unanimous view of experts who say how and why HSC should be remodelled. The conclusions are worrying.
Will Stormont embrace open government?
Among the various political goings on right now, NI politicians have until the end of June to feed proposals into a UK-wide action plan on open government.
Alliance's marathon manifesto
At more than 37,000 words and 88 pages the Alliance Manifesto is by far the longest to be published to date.
Sinn Fein Assembly manifesto for 2016
We continue to look at the main party's manifestos ahead of the Assembly elections - and find that Sinn Fein's document is unsurprising.
UUP manifesto - education "the priority"
The latest major party manifesto to be released ahead of the Assembly elections comes from the UUP. Scope takes a look.
SDLP embraces integrated education
Scope picks through the SDLP manifesto which contains a few surprises
Analysis of DUP Manifesto
There’s rarely any policy debate during Elections in Northern Ireland. Scope dissects the party manifestos, to see what else they stand for, starting with the DUP.
Brexit and Northern Ireland
The European referendum campaign has got off to an entertaining start, but rarely has any debate shed such little light on the real issues.
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.
The changing face of local poverty
The whys and wherefores of being poor in Northern Ireland are changing and could become more difficult to address, according to a new Joseph Rowntree Foundation report.
If New Zealand can ban zero hour contracts why can't we?
This week New Zealand became the first country in the western world to ban zero hour contracts. Scope examines the issues.
Political policing - a new map for murky terrain
This week the Committee for the Administration of Justice launched a paper designed to inform people about the whys and wherefores of public order policing - useful for a factual approach to oversight of the PSNI. Scope takes a look.