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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...

There is no single silver bullet policy to create a Good Society – but basic income is the closest there is. It opens up some big questions: what is a good society and what is a good life; how much should we work and what kind of work should we do; what else should we do; and, how we can be...

Labour split: not a blip, but a symptom

By Neal Lawson

Monday 18 February 2019

The announcement today that seven Labour MPs have renounced the whip and are setting up as independents comes as no surprise. The seven spoke of their personal reasons for leaving Labour – which must have been difficult. But they said little about what they were for. Some will say ‘good...

Our petition demanding a Citizens’ Assembly for Brexit has now reached 75k signatories and we’ve been looking at the comments to find out more about why this solution to the impasse seems so popular.

One sentiment that many people expressed upon signing the petition, was despair with...

Our politics and our parliament is in deadlock over Brexit. But if we choose to learn from other countries in how we resolve our differences, this could be a moment when Britain comes together rather than falls apart in constitutional chaos. Looking on, we cannot see how a majority can be...

A note on the Progressive Alliance

By Neal Lawson

Friday 16 November 2018

With all the talk of a possible general election it is worth reflecting on the possibilities for a Progressive Alliance. The Progressive Alliance (PA) reached maximum recognition at two points – first at the Richmond Park by-election this time two years ago – and then at the subsequent snap...

Social justice needs a strong vibrant democracy

By Henry Tam

Sunday 28 October 2018

2018 marks the centenary of the Representation of the People Act which, in 1918 conceded that men aged 21 and above should be allowed to vote and that women should be enfranchised too (provided they were 30 or over and owned property).  While it was not until 1928 that all women aged 21 and...

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