Michael Moran Obituary

Michael Moran, my father, passed away at the age of 71. He was a professor of government at Manchester University and a distinguished expert on British politics and public policy. His contribution to academia was notable, specifically in the fields of industrial relations, financial services, and healthcare. His research demonstrated rare philosophical and historical insight, particularly evident in his seminal work, The British Regulatory State (2003). More recently, his final publication, The End of British Politics? (2017), provided a pertinent commentary on the potential dissolution of the United Kingdom.

Born in Smethwick, Birmingham to Bridget (nee Brennan), a cleaner, and Michael, a factory worker, he spent most of his childhood in Co Clare, Ireland. The family’s financial situation was precarious, and they lived in poverty. Michael often joked about his upbringing, but his stories were more double bluff than truth. Returning to Smethwick in 1959, he attended Cardinal Newman School, a secondary modern. Despite this, he had the good fortune to live in a time of increasing opportunities. The local library fueled his passion for reading, and in 1964, he was accepted to the newly established Lancaster University, where he met Winifred Evaskitas. They married in 1967, and she later became a drama and English teacher.

Following his studies, Michael settled in Glossop, Derbyshire, an area he adored, on the edge of the Peak District. He was passionate and engaging in his teaching and highly respected by his colleagues and students. In 2004, he was appointed a fellow of the British Academy. His personal politics were complex, and he remained somewhat enigmatic in his political views until his later years. However, after the financial crisis of 2007-08, he became progressively more radical. He co-authored several books on the origins of the financial crisis as part of the Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change. Despite his disdain for politics’ murkier aspects, he steadfastly believed decent public policy and the humane provision of public services vital.

Michael is survived by his wife Winifred, his children Liam and myself, and two grandchildren, Tom and Charlie.


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