Is a public services meltdown on the cards?
27 Apr 2023Ryan Miller undefinedEducation, Stormont, Budget, Health, Mental Health, Politics
The Secretary of State’s budget is here. A bonfire of services seems likely. With a focus on education, Scope looks at cuts that are already in motion – and outlines the consequences.
If you want to protect the union, get back to Stormont
20 Apr 2023Ryan Miller undefinedGood Friday Agreement, Social Policy, Stormont, Politics
As most people celebrate the Good Friday Agreement, hardline unionist politicians have their heads in the sand – to the detriment of Northern Ireland, and also themselves.
Does Stormont need to end designations?
12 Jan 2023Ryan Miller undefinedStormont, Government, Polling, Politics, Protocol
Reforming Assembly and Executive structures has been suggested several times as a way to end the current impasse. Will that work, in theory or practice? Scope looks at one suggestion: weighted majority voting.
Uncertainty and the Stormont House Agreement
25 Sep 2015Ryan Miller Community Relations, Politics
Provisions for dealing with the past within the Stormont House Agreement have come in for much public criticism. Scope looks at whether confusion on the issues is related to a lack of honest dialogue with the public.
Why Bryson should be heard in public
18 Sep 2015Nick Garbutt Politics
Scope editor Nick Garbutt argues that the decision to hold part of the Finance Committee's Nama investigation in private is a subversion of democracy.
If Stormont falls we'll all be the worst for it
17 Sep 2015Nick Garbutt Politics
The current political crisis is having unexpected consequences, Scope reports.
Did the IRA go away?
27 Aug 2015Nick Garbutt Politics, Peace Process
Are there any politicians and commentators who seriously did not know that the IRA still existed?
Shroud education: sharing and the future
20 Aug 2015Ryan Miller Equality, Social Policy, Education, Community Relations, Peace Process, Politics
Shared Education is the big new thing for helping society come together and improving schooling. But what are we supposed to expect?
Will the BBC get blown away by the gathering storm?
19 Aug 2015Nick Garbutt Media, Politics
Just how serious is the threat to the BBC posed by the Westminster government and should we be worried about it?
Whatever happened to Heenan Anderson?
14 Aug 2015Nick Garbutt Politics, Social Policy, Welfare Reform
Whatever happened to the Heenan-Anderson Commission?