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It's time to move on from the stale politics of peace

28 Apr 2015 Guest AuthorPeace Process, Politics

John McCallister

Independent MLA John McCallister calls for a realignment of politics in Northern Ireland and has some harsh words for the Make it Work campaign. 

Abortion: the lives of others

28 Apr 2015 Ryan MillerSocial Policy

David Smyth of the Evangelical Alliance, writing exclusively for Scope, challenges those currently calling for changes to Northern Ireland's abortion law

Buy a plastic bag and save the environment: how not to make cuts

27 Apr 2015 Nick GarbuttCutsWatchNI, Environment, Politics

Scope analyses the bizarre recent conduct of the Department of the Environment and suggests this is a text book example of how not to implement cuts. 

Modern slavery - antiquity down your street

27 Apr 2015 Ryan MillerSocial Policy, Equality

(l-r) Yoke Farm director Tim Keeling, Justice Minister David Ford, Júlia Tomás from Unchosen and Law Centre NI director Glenn Jordan

For most people the word slavery will evoke the distant and disconnected past. But for some people it is a reality in the here and now.

Welfare Reform: overseeing the inevitable

20 Apr 2015 Ryan MillerWelfare Reform

Scottish Welfare Reform Committee

Presuming the near-inevitable happens and Welfare Reform (eventually) passes the Assembly, does Stormont need a dedicated committee for oversight? Scope speaks exclusively with Michael McMahon MSP, who convenes just such a group in Holyrood.

Opinion: abortion - our laws are in urgent need of reform

20 Apr 2015 Guest AuthorSocial Policy

Amnesty International's Grainne Teggart

Grainne Teggart, Northern Ireland campaigner for Amnesty Interntional and head of its My Body My Rights campaign, writes for Scope to say that local abortion laws lack decency in the way they treat women in distress.

The Wrong Mrs Vo - do the unborn have rights?

17 Apr 2015 Nick GarbuttEquality, Social Policy

Scope examines the landmark European case which ruled that the unborn do not have a right to life 

Abortion in Northern Ireland: an overview

17 Apr 2015 Ryan MillerSocial Policy

Abortion is amongst the most divisive issues in our tumultuous society. In the first of a series of pieces looking at this issue as it comes to a time of great flux, Scope outlines where we are and how we got there.

Eat your heart out Justin Bieber you''ll never out-twitter Ó Muilleoir

30 Mar 2015 Nick GarbuttPolitics, Social Media

Scope stops off in South Belfast to examine politicians on social media and stumbles across the politician who out-tweets Obama.  

This latest spending cut will boost crime

27 Mar 2015 Nick GarbuttSocial Issues

This latest spending cut will boost crime

Scope cartoonist Patrick Sanders sums up that there is to be said about the devastating cuts to NIACRO and the impact on re-settling offenders. 

The irony of calling quotas patronising

25 Mar 2015 Guest AuthorPolitics, Equality

Adrianne Peltz believes in the benefits of quotas

This month Scope has chosen to discuss gender quotas in politics. Here political activist - and feminist - Adrianne Peltz outlines why many of the standard objections are objectionable.

Pity the poor children of the cuts

25 Mar 2015 Nick GarbuttEducation

We could all end up paying a very high price for cuts to Early Years services, Scope explores the implications.

The need for new politics in NI

23 Mar 2015 Ryan MillerPolitics

Peter O'Neill with Belfast Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon

This month Belfast hosted Imagine! - a "festival of ideas and politics". Scope speaks to director Peter O'Neill about why he thinks it was important and his hopes for making it an annual event.

Gender quotas? Do me a favour - politicians are all the same anyway

23 Mar 2015 Guest AuthorPolitics, Equality

Alex Kane

Political commentator Alex Kane explains why quotas for female politicians will never get his vote.

Saving the Festival is like nailing legs to a cadaver and telling it to walk

23 Mar 2015 Guest AuthorThe Arts

Tom Collins who had oversight of the Belfast Festival at Queens for 11 years explains why he believes it cannot be saved. 

BIG new youth fund has fresh focus

19 Mar 2015 Ryan MillerFunding, Sector Issues

Conor Largey benefitted from Big Lottery support

Collaboration with youth at every stage is a new requirement for any groups looking to access some of the Big Lottery's new £50m pot aimed at Empowering Young People.

A lost opportunity: how the public sector could grow the economy by promoting innovation

19 Mar 2015 Nick GarbuttSector Issues

The public sector currently spends £2.7 billion a year. Scope examines how this massive spending power could be used to grow the economy and produce better services

The case for gender quotas in politics

16 Mar 2015 Ryan MillerPolitics, Equality

The statue of Boudica at Hyde Park Corner in London

In the past week female representation in politics has been at the forefront of debate. But has a new Stormont report moved anything forward - and was it wrong to rule out quotas? Scope examines the issue.

Lagan Valley MLAs on Twitter: what's the worst that could happen?

15 Mar 2015 Ryan MillerPolitics, Social Media

Lagan Valley MLAs on Twitter

The Shakespearean horror of one MLA's destruction through salvation dominates our latest social media overview, as Scope turns to the greater Lisburn area (no doubt a big influence on the bard).

Sticking to the knitting: the real threat to charities

13 Mar 2015 Nick GarbuttSector Issues

Charities Knitting Machine Cartoon

Scope examines how government is undermining the independence of charities.

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