Articles by Tom Arms

Covid-19 and Global Leadership

The coronavirus pandemic is a global problem. It requires cooperation at the local, regional, national and international level. Political point-scoring, unilateralism and nationalism have no…


Let’s Go for a Cruise

It is time to think about a cruise. Or, how about a visit to a stately home or an empty school? All of these are…


Maybe Minister

The row between British Home Secretary Pritti Patel and her until recently Permanent  Under Secretary of State Sir Phillip Putnam is part of a disturbing trend…


Viral Conspiracy

Every week I do a programme for American radio. It is an hour-long midweek discussion of world affairs. The other half of the discussion is…


Stuck In a Car

I have just spent two days in a cramped Vauxhall Astra chauffeuring my brother, his wife, her sister and her brother-in-law. It was an interesting…


Ireland and Brexit – Now What?

Ireland, we were told by Boris Johnson and his coterie of Leave campaigners, was not a problem. It was a non-issue dreamt up by the…


Goodbye Democracy?

It has become a political fact of life that democracy on both sides of the Atlantic is under severe threat. The latest proof of this…


Blame Newt

The blame for today’s polarised world is most often laid at the door of President Trump. He is credited with climbing to power on the…


Capitalism—New Lease of Life?

The resounding defeat of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party has revived the cries for “Responsible Capitalism.” Corbyn is a not so thinly-disguised old style socialist. He…


New Year, Bad Start

2020 was never going to be a good year. A veritable armoury of Damocles swords hangs over us—Brexit, Ukraine, impeachment, tariffs, the cohesion of the…