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I was born in Liverpool and educated at Manchester University, the Polytechnic of Wales and Swansea University where I studied History and Philosophy. I have an MA in Intellectual and Art History.
I was a Ministerial Advisor on Quality Policy during the early 1990s, Head of International Relations at the Welsh Office in the mid 90s, and Principal Private Secretary to the Presiding Officer 1999 - 2004. Disillusioned with the world of politics and government I left the Civil Service in 2005 and am now an author and artist.
My first novel, The Night Traveller, by MJ Maguire, was published June 2010, and I another is in the pipeline. I am also currently arranging an exhibition of my visual art works which I will announce in the near future.
I am interested in MG sports cars (I own several) and Opera. I had my voice trained at the Marchesi Singing Academy in my teens although I now sing in the shower or when no-one is listening - or I think they aren't. If you've read The Night Traveller you'll know that that amounts to much the same thing.

http://www.mjmaguire.com

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Sunday, May 4, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
United We Fall, Divided We Stand. Ukraine: the Narrative of Dissent
(7 comments) Ukraine is divided along ethnic and geographical lines over its future and latent hostilities have emerged between the east and west of the country. These have been stirred up by the US, EU and Russia. Mark John Maguire examines their role in the crisis and the historical traditions within Europe that have led to this debacle. He argues that division of the country is the only realistic solution to the crisis.

Thursday, October 17, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Obama v Hitler: a shocking depiction and a shocking truth
(93 comments) A doctored photograph of Obama showing him with a Hitler moustache has appeared in Indiana, inviting comparisons between the Nazi dictator and Obama. Amidst howls of indignation from his supporters and many Americans who instinctively recoil from the comparison, there may be a serious point to be made about the state of US society and the conduct of the US, both in the world and at home.

Monday, September 9, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The People v the President: a dilemma for democracy
(1 comments) As the US Congress gears up for its debate on intervention in Syria in the face of widespread domestic and international scepticism, the stakes are high for Obama, but much higher for democracy and for the principle of representation that underpins democracy. Congress's role, as that of any legislative body, is to act as a check on absolute power, not as an endorsement to it.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Syria, chemical attacks and other lies
(16 comments) The recent chemical-weapons attacks in Syria are too reminiscent of the WMD claims prior to the Iraq war. No one seems able to prevent the gradual destruction of the Middle East at the hands of the US and its accomplices. Mark Maguire argues that the attack is a false-flag operation, that Iran is the next candidate for destruction, and that a new civilian catastrophe is about to unfold in the Middle East.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Fatah's negotiation positions exposed
(1 comments) Documents leaked to AL Jazeera concerning the Palestinian Authority's negotiations have all the hallmarks of authenticity about them and expose President Mahmoud Abbas as a ruthless and self-serving man.

Friday, January 21, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Iraq War Inquiry: The Blair Bush Letters Should be Released
(2 comments) Mark Maguire argues that the Chilcott Inquiry into the war in Iraq should insist on the release of the letters Tony Blair wrote to US President George Bush in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq and that the Cabinet Secretary Gus O'Donnell should be instructed to do so if necessary.

Friday, January 14, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
A Case of "running amok' in Tucson Arizona
(1 comments) The case of the Tucson shootings is looked at as a modern phenomenon mirroring the counter-cultural experience of 'running amok' in South East Asia. Author MJ Maguire believes it is phenomenon which has become familiar in the West and will become more frequent in the future.

Thursday, January 6, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
A Case of Police wasting the Public's time?
(1 comments) MJ Maguire discusses the impact of wrongful arrest on the suspect arrested in the Joanna Yeates Clifton murder case who was released without charge. He argues that the police should exercise restraint in using their powers to arrest someone on suspicion of a serious crime and that they should always have objective evidence for doing so.

Sunday, December 19, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Nobel Peace Prize: Liu Xiaobo and Julian Assange - A Laureate of the future?
(9 comments) The parallels between Liu Xiaobo, Nobel Laureate, and Wikileaks chief Julian Assange, are examined by author MJ Maguire, who argues that true democracy has nothing to fear from giving its citizens full access to information.

Saturday, December 18, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The risks of pursuing Julian Assange
(9 comments) MJ Maguire argues that the pursuit of Julian Assange by the US in an effort to punish him for the release of secret US documents is a mistake, both at a consitutional level and that ultimately it must fail as a strategy for dealing with the genie of the internet.