Tom McGurk

Tom McGurk

Articles by Tom McGurk

Nobody's responsible, but everybody pays

Nobody's responsible, but everybody pays

You can add to the list yourself. This is the one I came up with off the top of my head.

People dare eurocrats to face the awkward future

People dare eurocrats to face the awkward future

All across Europe this weekend, newspaper columnists are speculating as to what happened.

Time has come to beat guns into ploughshares

Time has come to beat guns into ploughshares

After the Northern election, the wagons are once again slowly starting to circle.

Trimble's road to nowhere

Trimble's road to nowhere

When the historical archive of David Trimble's political life is assembled, the infamous Drumcree sequence will reemerge in all its irony.

Election campaignstarts in A&E wards

Election campaignstarts in A&E wards

There's no doubt that as political bruisers go our Tánaiste Mary Harney takes some beating.

Legacy of a great leader

Legacy of a great leader

It is hard to imagine that when Pope John Paul was consecrated Jimmy Carter was president of the United States and Leonid Brezhnev ran the USSR.

Blair's third term not as simple as it may seem

Blair's third term not as simple as it may seem

The improbable often happens in politics. The impossible takes a little longer.

Establishment should hang its head in shame

Establishment should hang its head in shame

What an extraordinary political week it has been. The backdrop to the desultory by-election campaigns in Kildare and Meath has illustrated, if illustration were ever needed, the sheer mediocrity of our public services and political classes.

Tidal wave of sorrow, a mere puddle of cash

Tidal wave of sorrow, a mere puddle of cash

In the end, the death figures will probably be close to 200,000.

Advertising ban will not drain drinks industry

Advertising ban will not drain drinks industry

The Government is expected to announce a ban on the day time broadcasting of television adverts for alcohol, as part of a new initiative to control alcohol advertising and sponsorship.

Britain's New Labour has lost sight of human rights

Britain's New Labour has lost sight of human rights

It has been a truly remarkable week in the judicial life of Britain.

Northern talks logjam could be the worst yet

Northern talks logjam could be the worst yet

Once again, we have fallen between the shadow and the substance.

High priest of sectarianism eyes ultimate seat of power

High priest of sectarianism eyes ultimate seat of power

When Ian Paisley first appeared on the street corners of the North in the 1960s, the Northern poet WD Rodgers, a former Presbyterian clergyman, wrote a wonderfully bitter and ironic poem about him entitled Home Thoughts From Abroad.