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  • Compass Annual Report 2016-17

    Friday, 13 October 2017

    Our year 2016/17 in review! Look back over Compass' work over the past few months, as we reflect on our biggest year yet. Includes a report on all our projects, campaigns and our local activities.

  • The way we think about and relate to the state has altered little in over a 100 year. It is a machine to be controlled, largely from London, so we can do good things to people. Almost 100 years ago the radical feminist and management theorist Mary Parker Follett published her seminal text The...

  • 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...

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  • Why Labour needs alliances to win

    Wednesday, 27 September 2017

    Labour is further from regaining political power than it thinks. The 8th June pattern of electoral support highlights four major weaknesses for the party – the loss of white working class votes; a weak performance in English towns, a dependence on Remain voters and an over-reliance on young...

  • 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...

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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...

  • Good London report launch

    Monday, 06 November 2017

    What sort of city to do you want to live in and how can we make it happen?

    Join us at the launch of our new report on Good London on Monday 6th November, 4-6pm at City Hall.

    Supported by the Trust for London, we spent 2016 hosting a series of workshops, events and deliberations with...

  • Compass Gathering and AGM

    Saturday, 04 November 2017

    This year our yearly gathering will take place on Saturday 4 November, at Toynbee Studios near Aldgate. 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, sessions...

  • Bristol group launch

    Tuesday, 24 October 2017

    During the last election, Bristol progressives from all walks of life came together to campaign for a more equal, sustainable and democratic future. We played a huge role in delivering progressive wins in many key seats and fundamentally reshaping the narrative of British politics. However...

  • 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...

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