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Fresh thinking that provides the policies and ideas to help us move towards a Good Society

  • Whether the next general election is sooner or later, it will be hotly contested. Is Labour's surprise showing in June 2017 a base to build from or a high watermark? Should the party go for a one more heave approach to get over the line or adopt a more hegemonic and alliance-based approach? This...

  • Few issues divide progressives more than Brexit. There is a progressive case for Brexit, for Remain and for respecting a democratic decision. Somehow we have to find our way between all of them – and quite fast. Compass doesn’t have a line on Brexit, although we have always been...

  • In recent decades, we have seen a sharp polarisation emerge between communitarian and cosmopolitan concerns. While recognising cultural and material differences between different sections of society, Compass is keen to explore what unites and binds people and how we manage the tensions between...

  • In this new publication, Ken Spours examines the strengths and weaknesses of May's Conservatism, and sets out a case for a countervailing progressive alliance.

  • In this article Liberal Democrat Paul Pettinger argues that Liberals have long been a part of a historical Progressive alliance, and should continue to be a part of it. A Progressive Alliance is the quickest way to reset our electoral system, whilst preventing a Conservative hegemony.

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  • A progressive Brexit?

    Tuesday, 19 September 2017

    Few issues divide progressives as much as Brexit. Jon Bloomfield's new piece tries to find a way through the challenges and possibilities of a progressive Brexit, and its implications for the Left. This is the first in a series of pieces on the subject of our new relationship with the...

  • In his new thinkpiece, David Edgar explores the growing polarisation between cosmopolitan and communitarian values and perspectives. Both exist within each of us and within our political culture but increasingly, communitarianism and cosmopolitanianism are deemed opposites and even...

  • Study your political adversary While the Conservatives have driven UK politics for the best part of a decade, the Left has spent precious little time analysing the strategy and condition of the political adversary. Moreover, the Tories are still in power, albeit it weakly and, conversely,...

  • Together We Win

    Wednesday, 19 April 2017

    This has to be a General Election fought like no other. If we fight it the old way, the Tories will win a massive victory – not just for themselves and the interests they represent, but for the hardest of Brexits. We have to fight differently. We have to fight together. We have to fight...

  • Read the full publication 'The Progressive Alliance: why the SNP needs it' here The refusal of the May government to countenance any differential deal for Scotland post Brexit now means we are counting down to the next referendum on Scottish independence. Winning that will be our top...

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Taking action where you are to make a Good Society a reality

  • Good London

    Friday, 01 April 2016

    Good London is a non-partisan Compass project funded by the Trust for London to start a conversation about the kind of city londoners want to live in as we head for elections in May and hold the next Mayor to account after the elections. Find out more below or check out our website for...

  • Compass Gathering and AGM

    Saturday, 04 November 2017

    This year our yearly gathering will take place on Saturday 4 November, at a central London venue to be confirmed! It's the chance for the Compass clan to get together, check in, discuss our strategy, our local groups and our ambitious plans for the future. More details, including timings,...

  • On 21st October, Peter Macfadyen, the founder of Flatpack Democracy in Frome, will be coming along to a gathering of Salisbury Compass to tell the story of how a small group of local people triggered an international movement for democratic participation. Doors will open at 10.30 and Peter...

  • Compass West London

    Tuesday, 03 October 2017

    As summer has drawn to a close, it's time to look back on our efforts in the General Election and look forward to the party conferences and plans for Progressive Alliances in the London Council Elections next May. Come join us on 3rd October to talk about: Our performance in electing...

  • Hegemony or One More Heave?

    Monday, 25 September 2017

    What caused the swing to Labour at the last election and how can this surge be sustained and extended? How can we build a progressive bloc to beat the regressive alliance, not just to win an election but to support and sustain a radical progressive government? How can political parties better...

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