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Julian McGrath

Julian McGrath has written 133 posts for Government & Politics A-level

not such a great victory

So the dust has settled on the election and there’s much commentary on the huge success of David Cameron’s Conservatives. There’s no doubt it came as a surprise – if only because the opinion polls got it so miserably wrong. On the other hand, had there been no opinion polls carried out did anyone really … Continue reading

GE 2015

Includes a decent info graphic on the possible outcomes come Friday… http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/general-election-2015/11583696/hung-parliament-meaning.html

Assembly holding Executive to account essay structure possibility…

Assess the Assembly record at holding the executive to account since 2007… The Northern Ireland Assembly has a mixed record in holding the Executive to account since the St Andrew’s Agreement. It has a number of scrutiny instruments at its disposal such as committees, Question Time, Debates and the power to vote on measures in … Continue reading

Parliamentary scrutiny – for essay submission…

PLEASE NOTE THE BULLETS AND NUMBERING MAY NOT HAVE TRANSFERRED WHOLLY ACCURATELY FROM MY INITIAL WORD DOC. GET THE ORIGINAL FROM OUR SCHOOL SYSTEM ON THE SHARED AREA. Scrutiny: Parliament examines and challenges the work of the government. Both the House of Commons and the House of Lords use similar methods of scrutiny, although the … Continue reading

Belfast Newsletter article – excellent for assessment on executive performance…

This very public spat between the minister for finance and the education minister illustrates lack of collective government. This can’t be good for executive performance… This article also outlines some of the things the executive has done and some of the things it hasn’t in the 12 months since the PfG. Click the link for … Continue reading

A&E chaos in NI: Who is to blame?

The story below outlines serious problems in the Belfast Trust. Follow the link at the end for the full story. Apparently Edwin Poots (The Minister) is being kept in the dark about the extent of the problems, but as Minister should he ensure he is more aware? Is it the Assembly Committees responsibility to reveal … Continue reading

What has NI Executive done 12 months on from PfG?

The link below summarises the key objectives and targets outlined by the Executive. Try to measure what the government has actually done against these targets 12 months on? http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-15749455

How a Bill becomes a law…USA – diagram

Excellent US Politics site – this on committees…

This link to committees is useful, if only to illustrate how money talks in US Politics… http://www.opensecrets.org/cmteprofiles/index.php

US Election results in full

http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/