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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.
No taxation without representation: Labour should stand
Scope editor Nick Garbutt on why Labour should stand in Northern Ireland.
Ivan Lewis on the Stormont House Agreement
Is the Stormont House Agreement a Tory austerity project or a breakthrough for Northern Ireland? Scope asks Shadow Secretary of State Ivan Lewis.
Off The Record - should minor youth offences be a life sentence?
NIACRO is campaigning for a change in law to allow minor offences committed as a youth to be removed from people's records in order to help them find work. Scope examines the proposal.
The scandal of sending fine defaulters to jail
At a time when public services are on their knees and when mass redundancies are planned for public sector workers, how can the Department of Justice justify spending around £24 million a year jailing people for failing to pay fines?
Why we should train politicians
Is it a scandal that Atlantic Philanthropies are paying for the training of our MLAs? Scope examines the issue.