Politics

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. 

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

30 Mar 2015Nick Garbutt Politics, Social Media

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

The irony of calling quotas patronising

25 Mar 2015Guest Author Politics, Equality

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.

The need for new politics in NI

23 Mar 2015Ryan Miller Politics

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 2015Guest Author Politics, Equality

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

The case for gender quotas in politics

16 Mar 2015Ryan Miller Politics, Equality

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 2015Ryan Miller Politics, Social Media

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).

East Belfast MLAs on Twitter: the calm before the storm

4 Mar 2015Nick Garbutt Politics, Social Media

Scope visits East Belfast soon to be the scene of a ferocious General Election contest to check out its MLAs online activity. 

Phil Flanagan MLA: an apology

26 Feb 2015Nick Garbutt Politics, Social Media

In a recent article Scope described Phil Flanagan MLA as a “bad boy of Twitter."