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Political conjuncture series #1: Uncertain Terrain

By Compass

Wednesday 14 August 2019

The long-term trend away from the two-party model has been exacerbated by Brexit. First-past-the-post voting still artificially inflates support for Labour and the Tories, but we clearly live in a multi-party system.

Our new publication, Uncertain Terrain by Ken Spours, unpicks the current...

We must build an imaginative and pragmatic alliance

By Remco van der Stoep

Monday 05 August 2019

A Remain Alliance is not the same as a Progressive Alliance. That’s what we said when we were asked for our view on the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election and it’s what’s keeping us awake at night.

Because of course, a snap general election handing extended power to a Johnson-led...

Compass was recently invited to a roundtable hosted by Compassion in Politics, a campaign group formed in 2018 by Jennifer Nadel and Matt Hawkins out of a deep concern that values such as compassion and kindness seem to have no place in political life and that, unsurprisingly, the public have...


We keep losing - because we keep reacting in the same way. No more!

After Brexit and Trump we get the third instalment in the great moving-right-show: Boris Johnson. Take five if you must to be angry, appalled and apoplectic. And then stop for much longer and ask: why did this happen? And...

In a year’s time, will the Peterborough by-election be remembered by anyone outside of the town? The by-election in which the new right-wing kids on the block failed to make their much-heralded Westminster breakthrough! It didn’t happen, and everyone must be relieved that Labour beat the...

The European election results, when they came in, were bang on what had been predicted: the Brexit ‘Party’ triumphant, Labour and the Tories humiliated, the Lib Dems and Greens both doing exceptionally well, and Change UK nowhere to be seen. Let’s just stop and think what that really...

In late April the European Movement organised a festival of democracy (Democracy Alive) on the central square of Dan Burg on the island of Texel in the Netherlands. The organisers invited a large number of organisations to participate including our friends The Democratic Society (DemSoc). The...

Several of our members and supporters have been in touch to ask whether Compass will take the lead in a ‘progressive alliance’ campaign for the European elections in the UK, taking place on 23 May 2019. The suggestion being that a multi-party alliance could be necessary to help avoid...

The local election results that have come in show at least four things:

That any idea that British politics has returned to a two party system was far too hasty.As a consequence politics is now more unpredictable than ever.That if you fudge you lose.And that hope comes from beyond party...

Realising the Good Society: a pulse check

By Ruth Lister

Thursday 25 April 2019

Following the lively panel and open space session at our recent conference Leaving the 20th Century, we’d like to start a conversation with our members and supporters about how we see a Good Society. This blog by Ruth Lister kicks it off; we’ll be gathering views through a survey shortly....

Ever since the 2017 general election, when we ran the Progressive Alliance campaign and Britain narrowly missed out on the prospect of a progressive coalition government, we have been thinking and deliberating about how to bring about real political change for a society that is both highly...

AGM information for members

Tuesday 02 April 2019

Our annual general meeting (AGM) - where members decide about Compass' future - takes place on Saturday 6th April from 3.30pm at Mary Ward House in London. 

As a member of Compass, you are warmly invited to attend. At the AGM, you'll get to hear about, and then discuss, our proposals...

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