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Thomas Curran

Academic, writer, on the left

I write about politics, economics, and psychology.
What Is Happening To Labour? An Explainer For The

What Is Happening To Labour? An Explainer For The Perplexed

Yet for those on the receiving end, the repercussions of meritocratic liberalism are having your pay cut year on year, drowning in debt, losing your tenancy, or surviving on minimum wage. To such people this ideology basically says; 'give it up'. You have no one to blame for your precarious situation but yourself. These are, let's not forget, the very people that Labour was formed to represent.
05/09/2016 12:11 BST
Why the Tories Got the Working Poor Vote and How Labour Can Win It

Why the Tories Got the Working Poor Vote and How Labour Can Win It Back

Repeat after me: Security. Stability. Sclerosis. Security. Stability. Sclerosis. If you had to describe the Tory austerity mantra in the run up to May's election with three words, these would probably cover it. The intent here is clear; blur the meaning of austerity from political choice to national necessity and you soften public opinion to ideological cuts...
20/10/2015 17:56 BST
Hear Me Out: Corbyn Can Win Over Middle

Hear Me Out: Corbyn Can Win Over Middle England

The deadline for Labour's leadership voter registration ended yesterday in a surge of last minute applications that momentarily crashed their website. This surge is widely acknowledged to have emerged from the popularity of Jeremy Corbyn, the veteran leftwinger, who has ignited Labour's dormant grassroots with his authentic brand of democratic socialism.
13/08/2015 09:51 BST
Osborne's Budget Surplus: A Cunning Sleight of the

Osborne's Budget Surplus: A Cunning Sleight of the Right

Make no mistake, the Tories know exactly what they are doing and they are willfully complicit in this deceitful sleight of hand. When you hear a Osborne or Cameron tell you they are creating a more stable future, a better country for you and your children, realise this; there is only one beneficiary to a lack of Government investment and it isn't you.
17/06/2015 13:43 BST
Why Progressives Should Back a

Why Progressives Should Back a Brexit

In short, Brexit would be economic masochism. Yet, it is the asset-rich who, for once, bare its fiercest consequences. It strikes me odd that the left don't consider this fact... Those of us who are passionate about social democracy should now very seriously consider voting for an EU exit.
20/05/2015 21:27 BST