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

  • The Conservative government is now committed to introducing some form of English votes for English laws as soon as possible. The
    Labour Party and the wider progressive community have to react strategically. This paper discusses how developing localism and devolution, establishing a constitutional...

  • This thinkpiece examines the possibility of introducing one or more social wealth funds in the UK. Such funds would aim to capture some of the financial gains from the private ownership of capital and use the proceeds for wider community benefit, such as investment in social infrastructure,...

  • 2015 was not like any other defeat. There are no safe places to go to, no easy answers and no comforting new leaders. There is only hard thinking in a process that must confront the party’s economic, political and cultural demons. Outside of Labour, progressive and radical politics is...

  • In this thinkpiece Ruth Lister explains why we need to move beyond statistics to understand the experience of poverty. She argues that we need to appreciate how people in poverty are 'othered' and as a result we need to truly acknowledge their agency.

  • This collection of short essays builds on thinking over the last few years – especially thinking in and around Labour and its policy review. The assembled authors share a trust in people to shape the state and see handing control over to people as essential to the redesign of the 21st Century...

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  • Eliane Glaser lays out six big questions for the left – social democrats, radicals and the new ‘soft’ left alike. After four decades of neoliberal domination, she says, now is not the time to be shy of debate.

    Earlier this year, I organised a two-day conference on ‘Post-politics and...

  • What do children do to make themselves poor? And how we can we stop them doing it? It looks very bad having to announce that their numbers are growing (a 200,000 increase to 2.5 million children, the first rise in 10 years) so something should be done. About the figures, not the children or...

  • The story of the Scottish Labour Party was, until recently, one of the defining stories of Scotland over most of the 20th century.

    First there was its rise - the emergence of ‘Red Clydeside’ and the socialist pioneers, and how radicalism gave way to respectability. Second, there was the...

  • Mark Perryman makes the case for a two-wheeled revolution

    Le Tour is now as much a fixture of the Great British Sporting Summer as Wimbledon strawberries and cream, a flutter on the Derby, England’s bi-annual early exit from a Euro or a World Cup and the five-day drama of an Ashes Test,...

  • As with the Scottish referendum, electoral defeat can be transformed into political success. A new movement is rising, says Hilary Wainwright.

    Two words have become mantras in the post-election babble: ‘fear’ and ‘aspiration’, sometimes counterposed to ‘hope and ‘equality’...

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

  • Railways for people and planet

    Thursday, 23 April 2015

    All On Board is a campaign for everyone who wants to make our railways work better

    We live in an amazing country full of wonderful people and incredible places.  It should be everyone’s right to get around it: to travel to and from our home or work, to see the people we love and all the...

  • Compass Newham - Voting Systems

    Wednesday, 01 July 2015

    Join Compass Newham and Newham Fabians for a discussion on different voting systems, with Francis Prideaux (Campaign for Labour Party Democracy) and Rachel Collinson (Green Party), chaired by John Saunders. 

    When: Wednesday 1 July, 7:30pm

    Where: West Ham Supporters’ Club, Castle Street,...

  • This week we published Downfall: Is Labour dead and how can radical hope be rebuilt? It argues that Labour’s general election defeat was not like any other defeat. There are no safe places to go to, no easy answers and no comforting new leaders. There is only hard thinking in a process that...

  • Our first post re-launch meeting, taking things forward, organising a Brighton & Hove Radical Hope, laughter and discussion with love and kindness!   Everyone is welcome!   When: 24th June 6.30pm  Where: Emporium, London Road, Brighton, BN1 4JF    

  • Radical Hope Liverpool

    Thursday, 04 June 2015

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    Now more than ever we need to come together to reflect, to understand and to connect – as individuals and as a progressive movement. This is a time for deep thinking and...

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