Tom McGurk

Tom McGurk

Articles by Tom McGurk

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.

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.