Posts Tagged ‘Compass’

Where do we go from here? Notes on a contribution from Compass

by David Pavett.

The left think-tank Compass recently published an extended essay Mayism without May: the crisis of the Regressive Alliance and the challenge of Corbynism. It is offered as “an analysis of the dominant bloc that determines the common sense of our society” and as a contribution to finding a path to alliances of progressive forces inside […]

An Osborne Supremacy?

by James Elliott.

“The best things are when you get your opponents to end up agreeing with you because then you’ve really won the argument. When you finally agree – that’s when it’s going to last, that’s when you’ve won’.” It is statements such as that which have earned George Osborne so many plaudits in the press recently, […]

On Lawson’s letter, jargon and how not to unite the left

by David Pavett.

Most readers of Left Futures will by now have read the letter from Neal Lawson (he of Compass fame) and others in yesterday’s Guardian. The purpose of the letter is said to be to stiffen Labour’s resolve to be radical and not to try coasting to power on the back of Coalition failure. So far, so […]

Navigating to Welsh unity against austerity

by Gordon Gibson.

The call was for ‘Plan B’ but unity was the dominant theme at Compass Wales’ panel debate in Cardiff this week. A fine array of speakers, led by Guardian columnist, John Harris, came together to debate Compass’s ‘Plan B’, their alternative to austerity. Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood, the Green Party’s Anthony Slaughter and John […]

Compass’ Plan B has useful ideas, but doesn’t cut the mustard

by Michael Meacher.

Today Compass formally launches Plan B to kickstart the economy. Typically, however, it has already been fully leaked in yesterday’s Observer. It has some helpful (though not particularly original) ideas. It wants to stop the cuts, start a new round of quantitative easing but giving the money direct to businesses, raise benefits to ease poverty […]

Ed Miliband: against factionalism… except for certain factions?

by Jon Lansman.

Ed Miliband is against factionalism. Succeeding Blair and Brown, he has to be. As has been pointed out, the “paradox of post-factionalism” is that everyone counts heads to make sure he is. And to be fair, he’s even opened the door to some of those whom the Blairites judged unpersons — though he hasn’t shown […]

Could Labour have won in 2010?

by Andy Newman.

In the final days of last year’s general election campaign, Gordon Brown visited Skelmersdale, to a raw emotional reception. This was an election where Labour was too slow to realise that working class memories of what a Tory government is like were strong. Polly Toynbee, to her credit, did pick up that it was different from politics as usual, and […]

Party loyalists resign from Compass

by Jon Lansman.

Following the recent decision by Compass to admit members of other political parties, the organisation has been hit today by a number of resignations. Nine leading members of Compass Youth including the chair, Cat Smith, and Ben Folley, a member of the national management committee, have resigned. They argue that the new rules “diminish the […]

Compass have left a vacuum on Labour’s centre-left

by Andy Newman.

Mark Ferguson on Labour List very pertinently asks whether Compass have turned their back on Labour. On an admittedly low 13% turn out, the Compass membership has voted more than 2:1 to open their membership out to members of other political parties. Their specific orientation is towards the Liberal Democrats, as their statement on the result of last year’s […]

Is Compass about to implode?

by Jon Lansman.

The future of Compass, Labour’s highest profile pressure group for many years, is in the balance. Things haven’t worked out quite like its leading lights expected. The leadership, for instance. Neal Lawson, Compass Chair, wanted Jon Cruddas to do the job. Jon Cruddas didn’t feel up to it and, though he’d been telling everyone who […]

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