The other Villiers in Ireland: famine, internment, rebellion

21 Jul 2015Nick Garbutt Community Relations, Politics

Theresa Villiers is not the first of her family to hold high office in Ireland. 

It's just a ride - the economic impact of perception

17 Jul 2015Ryan Miller Community Relations, Peace Process, Politics

Another 12th of July, more phantasmagorical news footage of screaming, hatred and violence – what now for Brand Northern Ireland?

Sexism, racism and periscopes: Upper Bann on twitter

27 May 2015Nick Garbutt Politics, Social Media

Upper Bann is just getting back to normal again after an election campaign that ended in acrimony with allegations of racist abuse.

Twitter: the MLAs of South Antrim

26 May 2015Ryan Miller Politics, Social Media

South Antrim - the Jewel of the Six Mile – joins Scope’s list of constituencies to receive a sober and sombre social media probe.

Inside the world of the spads

26 May 2015Nick Garbutt Politics

Earlier this month the Office of First Minister deputy First Minister released information that it was ordered to by the  Information Commissioner revealing the salaries paid to the special advisors working for the First Minister.

The Apathy Party sweeps the board again

26 May 2015Nick Garbutt Politics

Now that the dust has settled on the General Election and the victory champagne has gone flat, Scope looks at the section of the electorate nobody is talking about: the people who did not vote. 

How American non profits are getting politicians to sit up and notice

13 May 2015Nick Garbutt Sector Issues, Politics

As cuts deepen should the sector lie down and take it, disappear into silos, with everyone fighting everyone else for scraps, or is there a better way? 

Has the Wells affair scuppered a Westminster deal for the DUP?

28 Apr 2015Nick Garbutt Politics, Equality

Scope analyses the fall-out from the Wells affair and concludes we should not be writing off the DUP just yet.

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

28 Apr 2015Guest Author Peace Process, Politics

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

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

27 Apr 2015Nick Garbutt CutsWatchNI, 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.