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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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How would a Good Society look and feel? And how do we move towards it? Read our blog, comment, share and get involved in the debate.

  • Sometimes we get to experience politics as it should be – fun, informative, empathetic, deep and hopeful.  Last night in Brighton and Hove was one of those moments.

    It was the first public outing of the a new local Compass group and after 180 minutes of brief panel speeches and group...

  • For what and for whom does the Labour Party stand? That has been – or at least should have been – a central question during the continuing post-mortem following the Election defeat. That question has now been thrown into sharp relief with the dispiriting fiasco of the party's response to the...

  • Leadership with Backbone and Heart

    Wednesday, 22 July 2015

    It is a great disappointment that Labour MPs have failed to provide leadership and voice on benefit cuts to defend the poorest and marginalised people. To take just one group of the working poor needing social security - families with more than two children on tax credits  (the children of...

  • Labour has lost a lot of elections, and always wondered why. This has led to a whole literature of ‘why Labour lost’, highlights including the “affluent worker” debate, Crosland’s attempted redefinition of socialism, and Hobsbawm’s ‘Forward March of Labour Halted’. Against this...

  • The Progressive Narrative event organised by Compass West Midlands in Birmingham on Saturday was an ambitious event, in a low key way. A group of people came together in a theatre rehearsal room to try to do what one wealthy political party employs a shed load of expensive advisors to do –...

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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...

  • Join  Caroline Lucas MP, Brighton Pavilion, Neal Lawson, Chair of Compass, Nancy Platts, Chair Brighton & Hove Labour and Luke Martell, Prof of Political Sociology for a panel discussion followed by group discussions. 

    Nick McMaster a Local Compass Organiser says: “The outcome of general...

  • Progressives don't have a credible, persuasive story - what's often called a narrative - to tell people. 
      Please join us for a participatory workshop on developing a prgressive narrative   When: 18 July, 10am - 3pm  -  Where: Blue Orange Theatre  118 Great Hampton Street  B18...

  • Compass Godalming

    Saturday, 18 July 2015

    Everyone is welcome to join our very first local meeting in South West Surrey to have a warm and open about what we can do as Compass members or supporters and how we will do it.    When: Saturday 18 July, 10am - 12:15pm Where: Unitarian Hall in Meadrow, Godalming GU7 3JB   We will open...

  • 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,...

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