Tom McGurk

Tom McGurk

Articles by Tom McGurk

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.

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.