Tom McGurk

Tom McGurk

Articles by Tom McGurk

The politics of playing it safe gives us no alternative

The politics of playing it safe gives us no alternative

Is the general election already becoming something of a non-event?

Who will pay for mass murder?

Who will pay for mass murder?

So that’s it then. The popular press and political consensus following Nuala O’Loan’s Report is as follows: a small group of RUC Special Branch officers went overboard when running their informers in one small area in north Belfast.

European Cup schism has become rugby’s civil war

European Cup schism has become rugby’s civil war

The news that French clubs are set to boycott next year’s Heineken Cup should come as no surprise.

Paisley has to forget his ‘save Ulster’ policy and move on

Paisley has to forget his ‘save Ulster’ policy and move on

Whatever the developments in the North in the next couple of weeks, the long-term prospects for devolved power-sharing look grim.

Bush’s botched adventure set to destabilise Middle East

Bush’s botched adventure set to destabilise Middle East

This Wednesday, President George W Bush will announce what has been called ‘a new initiative’ on Iraq.

American hands pulled Pinochet’s evil strings

American hands pulled Pinochet’s evil strings

So Pinochet, the great ‘‘Caudillo’’, is gone. By the end, even most of his fanatical supporters had abandoned him.

Shock and awe come home to roost for Bush’s neo-cons

Shock and awe come home to roost for Bush’s neo-cons

What now for the neo-cons? What now for the war on terror? Has any US president - apart from Richard Milhous Nixon when he received his impeachment documentation - been handed a report quite like the Baker Report George Bush got on Wednesday?

At home out of range

At home out of range

Daddy Bush is sending in the cavalry to save Baby. They’ve been talking about it inside the Beltway for weeks, ever since James Baker reappeared on the scene promising a new report.

Madonna’s African souvenir

Madonna’s African souvenir

I don’t know if you saw the Madonna interviews on television.

US citizens must use mid-term elections to rebalance power

US citizens must use mid-term elections to rebalance power

In ten days, the United States will go to the polls for the mid-term elections.

EU ditches principles to massage expansionist ego

EU ditches principles to massage expansionist ego

It was like the poor relatives being admitted secretly to the family gathering by the back door.

Political ‘big beast’ moves in on stakeholders, not voters

Political ‘big beast’ moves in on stakeholders, not voters

He has waited a long time for it and now at last he has gained the prize.

Citizens or consumers?

Citizens or consumers?

It’s time to ask if Republicanism has any meaning in our global, multinational, transnational and international-governance 21st-century world.

Ryder Cup no match for pride and passion of Croker

Ryder Cup no match for pride and passion of Croker

There are some times when we should step back and appreciate remarkable achievements.

Tony Blair: The glorious rise and humiliating fall

Tony Blair: The glorious rise and humiliating fall

I suppose there’s a bitter irony in the fact that the man who was determined to ban blood sports in Britain, to finally get one over on the toffs, is this weekend still being pursued over the parliamentary hedges and ditches by the baying pack.