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Big Politics Pub Quiz: one day to go!

Mon 19 November 2012, 2:11pm

Tweet There’s just a day to go before the Great Big Politics Pub Quiz, so we hope you’re busy swotting up from Schott’s Almanac of Political Trivia, BBC Democracy Live, Hansard, 1996 Forum Election manifestoes and your box-sets of The Thick of It / The West Wing (delete as applicable). Some of our legislators will be among […] more »

Slugger for Syria

Mon 15 October 2012, 4:51pm
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Tweet “An artillery shell had just landed and the hospital entrance was a grotesque tableau of blood, bodies and tears. A small team of doctors set to work against a soundtrack of bombs and bullets.” So began Ian Pannell’s BBC report from Syria last week. His words and pictures were moving, distressing, enraging: “Two-year-old Ahmed screamed […] more »

POTD – Demolition by hand

Wed 21 September 2011, 7:35am
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Tweet A team of workers demolish a building that collapsed during the January 2010 earthquake. Across Port-au-Prince similar sights can be seen as any building materials that can be reused are salvaged when possible. One of the difficulties facing Haiti is that the government buildings that held records of land ownership were destroyed along with […] more »

POTD – Children at Henri Christophe Park

Tue 20 September 2011, 7:44am
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Tweet Living in a makeshift camp at Henri Christophe Park these children will know little of the story of one of the leaders of the revolution which saw Haiti become the second country, after America, to break free from colonial shackles. An aid worker i spoke with told me that there are always spikes in […] more »

Great BIG Politics Quiz: prizes to vie for!

Thu 15 September 2011, 7:48pm
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Tweet Courtesy of Stratagem, here’s the awesome prize list for the Great BIG Politics Quiz, supported by Slugger O’Toole, and being held next Thursday, 22 September at 7:45pm in the Black Box, Belfast. There’s enough in this valuable prize hamper to keep even the most anorakish of political anoraks going for quite some time – and […] more »

Unregistered interests: ca. 50% of MLAs don’t declare £150 payments from Lobbyist Company?

Thu 30 June 2011, 5:34pm

Tweet There are lots of interesting little details in the Assembly Register of Member’s Interests. Two MLAs being paid a small sum for filling in surveys isn’t one of them: Miscellaneous Interests Jim Wells and Paul Givan Stratagem Northern Ireland: a survey company which occasionally surveys the views of MLAs on a wide range of […] more »

Stratagem TV: 3 The Economy…

Sat 23 April 2011, 10:26am

Tweet Possibly the best yet (yeah, I know that I feature in this episode), but this time the focus is on the economy, stupid. Corporation tax, public land sell offs, water rates, FDI versus indigenous enterprise… Nice resource for the incoming administration… more »

The Big Election Breakfast: Morning after the nights before…

Wed 13 April 2011, 8:52am
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Tweet As Election Day draws near Slugger will be teaming up with Stratagem once again, to bring you another of our Big Breakfast events on Monday 9th May from 8:00am to 10:00am in the Penthouse at the Europa Hotel where people will gather to discuss and analyse the results that will emerge over the post-election […] more »

Martin not for the FM role (not this year at least)…

Tue 12 April 2011, 9:05am
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Tweet In the first of a series of analysis pieces for Stratagem, Nicholas Whyte looks at an issue which is only obtusely refered to in public but which may be responsible for the only substantial voter churn in this election: who gets to be First Minister: The St Andrews Agreement is perfectly clear: the nominating […] more »

“The days of the Assembly as a novelty are over…”

Fri 8 April 2011, 11:57am

Tweet This classy little video from Stratagem is the first of a series with comment from a range of voices (yours truly amongst them)… It starts with a review of the last four years… more »

Slugger Stratagem Election Breakfast – what they’re talking about this morning

Fri 7 May 2010, 8:30am
David Ford watching Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg speaking on BBC News election programme

Tweet This morning, Stratagem and Slugger hosted a post-election breakfast in Belfast’s Europa Hotel. I’ve tidied up the proceedings and added a couple of brief voxpops with contributors. Passages in “direct quotes” are cleaned up verbatim comments, the rest captures the gist of their points. 0825 Mick Fealty kicks off and welcomes people. 0828 Brendan […] more »

Taxpayers Alliance’s cooked up research..

Tue 4 August 2009, 4:31pm

Tweet I see Chris Hope, my old mucker on the Telegraph, has got a hold of the latest broadside from the Taxpayer’s Alliance on government spending. Interestingly he repeats the TPA’s claims that Stratagem, the Northern Ireland company public affairs company who helped us put together last year’s Slugger Awards, was paid a whopping £900,000 […] more »

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