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

  • 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...

  • Big Education - The Appendices

    Friday, 20 March 2015

    This document serves as the policy detail appendices to the final report of the Compass Education Inquiry, ‘Big Education’. They provide more context, analysis and policy detail to the overview contained in that report.

  • Big Education

    Friday, 20 March 2015

    Big Education: learning for the 21st century is the result of two years of conversations with students, teachers, parents, experts, members and supporters. The idea of ‘Big’ came to us as we surveyed the narrow, restricted and directed system of education we have – instead we wanted...

  • This short publication is designed for activists campaigning for environmental and social justice. It explains why sustainability, greater equality and social justice are interlinked and can only be achieved through a broader political project for a Good Society. In practical terms it aims to...

  • Labour's 11th Hour

    Friday, 23 January 2015

    Labour isn’t just fighting to win on 7th May but is fighting for its long term survival. Greece, Spain and closer to home Scotland show what happens when social democratic parties disconnect with their core voters. Labour faces real electoral threats from insurgent parties of the Right and the...

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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

  • I know I wasn't alone over the past two years, watching the campaign for Scottish Independence and feeling anxious, frustrated and yes, jealous. I didn't want the UK to break up - for all the reasons I wrote about here - but I wanted some of what they had for the rest of us. Not only the...

  • The 2010 general election had its emblematic moment – the encounter between Gordon Brown and ‘that bigoted woman’ – that confirmed the inevitable. The image of the three women party leaders embracing could be the pivotal  point in 2015,  the Podemos moment that has seemed to elude the...

  • We have been told – and indeed it seems self-evident – that the policy battleground for this election is around austerity, spending plans and the NHS. Unless of course you live in Scotland. Then that D word looms large (devolution that is). You have to get to page 62 of the Labour...

  • The title of 2015 Labour Manifesto, Britain can be better, echoes the title of the 1997 manifesto (Because Britain deserves better), although minus the New Labour appellation and the big picture of the leader on the cover. Labour's "fiscal responsibility lock" is a much more conservative...

  • A manifesto of good reads

    Tuesday, 21 April 2015

    Mark Perryman of Philosophy Football selects his reading for the 2015 General Election Campaign

    The much-missed indie band, well by some of us of a certain age, Sultans of Ping, had a great line in one of their barnstormer numbers “I like your manifesto, put it to the test ’tho.” We are...

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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...

  • Interested in a local Compass group in Cambridge?Here's an invitation to join Compass supporter Stuart for an open meeting to chat about getting something off the ground. All welcome! 

    Stuart's message: 

    I am a local member of Compass and I write to invite you as a fellow local member or...

  • Reclaiming Modernity: Beyond Markets, Beyond Machines

    with Mark Fisher and Jeremy Gilbert 

    All Welcome
    Saturday 28
    th March, 12 - 2pm

    The Tetley, Hunslet Road, Leeds, LS10 1JQ

    Political life can often feel pretty bleak for all the reasons you know and feel so well. As the 7 May...

  • Compass Taunton - Election Debate

    Saturday, 21 March 2015

    Compass Taunton is holding an election debate at our last meeting before May 7th.  This is a chance to ask questions and scrutinise Taunton's General Election candidates on the centre and left.    All are welcome to attend and there will also be an opportunity to raise any issues or...

  • More West Midlands Politics of Networks events for your diary!

    22 April 2015 - 'Tactical Voting and Coalitions – what happens next?'

    It looks as if the political landscape has changed, making the May election and its immediate aftermath impossible to predict. The usual pollsters, pundits...

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