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The blog was originally published by the Global Fund for Community Foundations.

In the 19th century, Victor LeGrand created an orderly, geometric railway system for France which was designed to bring about the full integration of the country. This was reckoned to be far superior to the...

Climate inaction. Brexit chaos. Endless austerity. The hostile environment. That’s where we are after almost a decade of Conservative-led governments. 

We now have a chance to elect a progressive government, but there are three things we’ll need to defeat to make that happen:


It’s not a new election we need but a new and deeper democracy.

By Simon Reid-Henry

Wednesday 06 November 2019

The article was originally published on Simon Reid-Henry's personal website.

As another Winter of Discontent looms, progressives must look to build a more hopeful political spring. That’s why I’ve joined the Up to Us campaign as one of its founding supporters. You can read more about...

Can There Ever Be Any Real Progress In Politics?

By Francesca Klug

Monday 28 October 2019

On 17th October, former Compass Management Committee Member and Visiting Professor of Human Rights at the LSE, Francesca Klug participated in a discussion, hosted by Prospect Magazine, with David Runciman, Professor of Politics at the University of Cambridge. Below are Professor Klug’s...

Getting Election Ready in Manchester

By Compass Manchester

Thursday 24 October 2019

Compass Manchester recently hosted our first ever event, about getting ready for the next election. We’d hoped for an easy topic to start with, but then Boris Johnson prorogued parliament and so we decided we had to do something.

Our aim was to help people consider how they could make a...

We live with crisis but hope is everywhere around us

By Neal Lawson

Wednesday 23 October 2019

At Compass we always believe the best in people. It’s the political system that is failing all of us. Despite the crisis, up and down the country we see examples of a Good Society emerging where people are working together and making change happen. Imagine where we could take our society if...

45˚ Change shows the way

By Jon Edwards

Thursday 26 September 2019

In response to Neal Lawson’s recent 45˚ Change: Transforming Society from Below and Above, Jon Edwards, in Rethinking Poverty, argues that 45˚ change methodology offers a “timely contribution to discussions and debates on which we can all build”.

As Edwards puts it “wherever you...

‘What if Labour Can’t Win Alone?’

By Caroline Lucas

Monday 23 September 2019

Below is Caroline Lucas’ opening remarks at the Compass fringe event – ‘What if Labour can’t win alone?’ - at the 2019 UK Labour Conference in Brighton. 

Thank you – always a pleasure to be part of a Compass panel and the reliably constructive debate that follows. 

I want...

A Progressive Alliance vs A Rebel Alliance

By Mark Perryman

Tuesday 17 September 2019

Mark Perryman (editor of Corbynism From Below) argues that it’s a bottom up campaign that the opposition need to win.

We can argue the case for and against tactical voting 'til the cows come home and vote. It happens, mainly of its own will, but as the central objective of oppositional...

Let’s transform our dying democratic system, now.

By Neal Lawson

Thursday 05 September 2019

We have woken up to the UK’s biggest democratic and political crisis of modern times. Our Government is not serving our Parliament. Our democracy is not serving us, the people.

Yes, of course this has something to do with Boris Johnson and Dominic Cummings, but they are distractions...

Compass’ assumptions: discussion

By Compass

Tuesday 20 August 2019

As progressives, our mission is to create a path out of our deep political and democratic crisis, built with meaningful hope.

However, our progressive movement keeps failing to build from firm enough foundations, opting instead for shortcuts, so we end up addressing the symptoms and not the...

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...

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