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This is our vision for public rail. We want a railway system that works, is efficient, affordable and good for the planet. But we also want stations and trains that make us feel good about ourselves, our fellow passengers, those who build it and run it and our country as a whole. We need a...


We have been very busy over the last year conducting interviews, having seminars with students and experts as well as holding national and local events to get to the bottom of the question: How do we build a more equal and democratic model of education? We're pleased to present the interim...

Compass Annual Review Front Page

This is our Annual Review of the year 2013-2014, including highlights of  our events, campaigns and everything else we have been up to in this past year.  Click the link below to download it.


This is a critical time for the future of the European Union and the U.K’s relationship with it. At this year’s European parliamentary elections and beyond it is vital that progressives offer a genuine alternative based on the principles of environmentalism and social justice. This short...

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In Place of Anxiety


By Ailsa Mckay & Willie Sullivan

This publication offers a model of social security for Scotland based on humanity and collective security. It argues that a piecemeal tinkering of existing structures of social security is not enough. Stopping a creaking system from falling over, means ongoing social and economic costs for that...


We are on the cusp of a big shift - one where flat organising is trumping traditional hierarchies. Where technology, creativity and passion is making a space where we can share, collaborate and practise a different kind of politics. In 'The Bridge: how the politics of the future will link the...


In our latest thinkpiece Joe Guinan and Thomas M. Hanna outline a proposal that could bring Royal Mail under the control of postal workers. Through the creation of a trust the CWU could begin to collectively and gradually own a larger and larger share of Royal Mail. The trust could be a...


Our latest thinkpiece looks at how to form a coherent alternative to neoliberalism that has dominated politics since the 1980's. Despite its clear failures in light of the financial crisis, no one has yet put forward a decent  alternative, and in this piece Colin Crouch shows how to change this.


Values matter and are highly influenced by language and the world around us. In this piece Tom Crompton analyses a speech made by Ed Miliband on social security, looking at the values within it and what the likely impacts of them are.


The speech was delivered at Newham Dockside...


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Towards a One Nation Housing Policy


By Dr Chris Handy & Kevin Gulliver

This thinkpiece is based upon research by the Matrix Housing Partnership and the Human City Institute. It proposes ways in which Labour’s ‘One Nation’ approach can encompass social housing.

It recommends measures that can help the UK to return to a more economically rational approach to...

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Future Shock, authored by Matthew Sowemimo examines the powerful forces of political opposition that a Labour or Labour led government could face after the next General Election as it grapples with slow growth, the legacy of austerity and tensions over the European Union. The paper warns that Ed...

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