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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.
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.
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.
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”
Poverty: persistence and price
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation released a report this week on the extra costs to the public purse as a consequence of poverty. Understanding some of their methodology helps put the figures in context.
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.
Sugden to face abortion test
It will not be long before we find out what new Justice Minister Claire Sugden meant when she said she would adopt a “subtle” approach to abortion.
Citizen’s income and globalisation’s crisis of confidence
The global village was meant to bring harmony and prosperity to the human race, is progressing roughly as predicted – and is in a state of peril. One mooted solution is free cash for everyone.
Commons and goings: May, Brokenshire and Northern Ireland
The reshuffle in Westminster’s House of Cards is over. Scope looks at what this means for Northern Ireland – including a possible intriguing border carve up.
Brexit, Northern Ireland and the third sector
The UK is going to leave the EU and, while uncertainty about the future is high, everyone now has to begin to adapt. Scope talks with NICVA CEO Seamus McAleavey.
Brexit and globalisation: is this any more than a bureaucratic change?
Fears over the economic and cultural impact of immigration drove the UK from the EU, but what if Brexit provides no solutions and only makes these problems worse?
Openness and Stormont's new government
Scope has already examined the potential positives from Stormont’s new outcomes-based approach. However, some are sceptical.