Tom McGurk

Tom McGurk

Articles by Tom McGurk

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.

Rumsfeld’s worrying return

Rumsfeld’s worrying return

Last week, US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was in unrepentant mood.

Prison system is a disgrace

Prison system is a disgrace

It’s that time of year again. Mr Justice Dermot Kinlen, the Inspector of Prisons, releases his annual report on the condition of our prisons, it makes a few extraordinary headlines and then an invisible door slams shut on all the controversy.

Israel faces many hard questions

Israel faces many hard questions

There will be many in the upper echelons of the United States and Israeli military elites this weekend who will be pondering the implications of the recent war in Lebanon.

Britain’s terrorists within: The new nightmare scenario

Britain’s terrorists within: The new nightmare scenario

The mid-Atlantic aircraft mass-murder plot has revealed a truly nightmare scenario for British security authorities.

Israeli attacks mean West can’t claim the moral high ground

Israeli attacks mean West can’t claim the moral high ground

What do we say now to the Arab world? How can we now claim the moral high ground that we occupied after 9/11 when we lectured the Muslim world about its extremists and their methods?

Barr fails to answer a fundamental question

Barr fails to answer a fundamental question

The Barr Report, despite its thousands of words and its millions of euro, has failed to answer the fundamental question asked of it: did gardai have an alternative course of action open to them other than shooting John Carthy dead at Abbeylara some s

Lessons of Suez not learned

Lessons of Suez not learned

How long is the hand of history? How extraordinary it is that a sequence of events that occurred 50 years ago this month created the template for the two conflicts that currently threaten the peace of the times we live in.

Governments using terrorist threats to pry into our lives

Governments using terrorist threats to pry into our lives

Last Friday a hoax bomb alert saw unprecedented chaos at Dublin Airport.

Events in the North were the bane of Haughey’s career

Events in the North were the bane of Haughey’s career

In August 1969, in the aftermath of the Apprentice Boys march in Derry, widespread civil disorder blazed across the North. In Belfast, the situation rapidly escalated into crisis proportions as loyalist mobs began invading nationalist areas in the we

Time to take on suburbanite environmental thought police

Time to take on suburbanite environmental thought police

Top political prize of the week must go to the Department of the Environment in Northern Ireland. It has managed to find a policy decision which has brought the DUP and Sinn Fe¤ in together in solidarity and unified opposition.

The public’s perception of events is the political reality

The public’s perception of events is the political reality

In the mid-1960s, the Harold Macmillan Conservative government in Britain suddenly collapsed in the aftermath of the Profumo/Christine Keeler sex scandal.

Ballymena’s culture of hate is steeped in old DUP poison

Ballymena’s culture of hate is steeped in old DUP poison

It has been fascinating to watch the ‘‘new age’’, as opposed to ‘‘stone age’’, DUP tip-toe politely around the funeral of Michael McIlveen.

Fine Gael’s empty branding hides absence of real politics

Fine Gael’s empty branding hides absence of real politics

Saturday, May 6, was probably the most important day for Fine Gael since the last election.

Hunger strikes changed everything

Hunger strikes changed everything

Twenty-five years ago last Friday, the death of the honourable member for Fermanagh and South Tyrone, Bobby Sands, took all of us to places where, we hope, we will never have to go again.