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Hear from the widest range of voices in the progressive movement. Every week, host Neal Lawson, speaks with progressive thinkers, writers and politicians from the UK and beyond about current affairs and how to build the Good Society. Visit compassonline.org.uk to learn more about Compass.

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Hear from the widest range of voices in the progressive movement. Every week, host Neal Lawson, speaks with progressive thinkers, writers and politicians from the UK and beyond about current affairs and how to build the Good Society. Visit compassonline.org.uk to learn more about Compass.

    General Election Special | ep. 107

    General Election Special | ep. 107

    On this special general Election issue of Its Bloody Complicated we are delighted tobe joined by Guardian columnist Aditya Chakrabortty. We’ve admired Aditya’s writing and reporting for years and have been keen to gethim on. Aditya doesn’t just critique what’s wrong in terms of the economy, societyand politics – he actively goes out and finds places and examples where things arebeing done better – finding places for hope. But it was his article last week on thethreat poised by Nigel Fara...

    • 57 min
    Local Elections w/ Ben Walker and Alison Lowe | ep. 106

    Local Elections w/ Ben Walker and Alison Lowe | ep. 106

    On Tuesday, 14th May we were joined by Ben Walker and Alison Lowe to analyse the campaigns and the results of the 2024 local elections, and reflect where we are coming up to a general election.Ben Walker is a senior data journalist at the New Statesman and writes extensively about elections and UK public opinion. He is the co-founder of poll aggregator Britain Elects, and since 2023 is also a Cheshire West and Chester Councillor.Alison Lowe OBE is the West Yorkshire Deputy Mayor for Policing ...

    • 1 hr 2 min
    AI and Democracy | ep 105

    AI and Democracy | ep 105

    Over the last few years, the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) to transform our society has become increasingly apparent. This comes with incredible opportunities – AI could help deepen our democracy and enable our politics to get closer to citizens to represent them more effectively – but is also fraught with risk. How can we take advantage of these opportunities while preventing AI from further destabilising our democracy with deepfakes and disinformation? To discuss all of this and...

    • 59 min
    The Trade Union campaign for PR w/ Lynn Henderson and Nancy Platts | ep. 104

    The Trade Union campaign for PR w/ Lynn Henderson and Nancy Platts | ep. 104

    It was a watershed moment in October 2022 when the Labour Party conference overwhelmingly voted to include in its manifesto a commitment to change the voting system to proportional representation after the next election. Just the year before, despite mass support in the membership, the motion failed because the affiliated Trade Unions opposed the motion.To discuss this historic shift, what the changing the voting systems means to the trade union movement, and where next, we’re excited to be j...

    • 1 hr
    The role and opportunities for a democratic movement in Scotland | ep. 103

    The role and opportunities for a democratic movement in Scotland | ep. 103

    Support for Scottish independence is still strong but the SNP are clearly in a weaker position, institutionally, reputationally, and ideologically. They have become mired in scandal, their hegemonic grip on politics north of the border looks to be loosening, and yet the constitutional questions about who governs Scotland and how remain relevant and live. Labour’s position has clearly strengthened – albeit without ever addressing key questions of democratic renewal and constitutional change.Wi...

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Citizens' Assemblies | ep. 102

    Citizens' Assemblies | ep. 102

    Citizens’ assemblies represent an alternative way of doing politics: a randomly selected group of citizens are convened to reason collectively, to consider evidence and to have discussions which should arrive at complex, nuanced decisions for the long term. As such, they’ve been called ‘democracy under good conditions’.They have been credited with tackling some of the toughest political and ethical questions – such as abortion, AI, hate crime and nuclear power –generating balanced and often s...

    • 1 hr 4 min

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