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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.

    The Future We Want #2: The Climate Crisis with Andrew Simms

    The Future We Want #2: The Climate Crisis with Andrew Simms

    In the second episode of The Future We Want, a new series from Compass and the Orwell Youth Prize, Orwell Youth Fellows Lauren DeBruin and Hugh Ludford join Andrew Simms to discuss climate, dystopia – and how we encourage each other to want a better future.

    Andrew Simms is the co-director of the New Weather Institute, coordinator of the Rapid Transition Alliance and co-author of the original Green New Deal.

    The episode begins with Lauren and Hugh reading their pieces, 'What We Lost' and 'You Are What You Eat'.

    Read 'What We Lost' by Lauren Debruin (https://www.orwellfoundation.com/?s=Lauren+Debruin)
    Read 'You Are What You Eat' by Hugh Ludford (https://www.orwellfoundation.com/the-orwell-youth-prize/2018-youth-prize/winners-orwell-youth-prize-2020/hugh-ludford/)

    The Future We Want is a new podcast series from the Orwell Youth Prize and Compass. We've matched the Orwell Youth Fellows from 2020 with figures from politics, media and political writing.

    The Orwell Youth Prize is an annual programme for students aged 12–18 culminating in a writing prize. The prize and programme introduce young people to the power of political language, and provoke them to think critically about the world around them.

    Compass' regular podcast, It's Bloody Complicated, is recorded every second and fourth Tuesday of the month. Become a Compass member to join our live recordings and put your questions to our guests: https://action.compassonline.org.uk/podcast
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    • 42 min
    Progressive Alliance: Will Labour Accept Sharing Power to Win? Live from Labour Conference | Ep.49

    Progressive Alliance: Will Labour Accept Sharing Power to Win? Live from Labour Conference | Ep.49

    This episode of It's Bloody Complicated is brought to you from Labour Party Conference. At this year's conference, the Labour machine rejected the overwhelming wishes of party members, and the motion for the party to adopt proportional representation fell.

    We were joined by Labour MP Clive Lewis, Green MP Caroline Lucas, Labour for a New Democracy campaign head Laura Parker and Best for Britain CEO Naomi Smith to look at the necessity and strategy of a progressive alliance following Labour's latest rejection of PR.
    How do we build a cross-party progressive movement that can not only win an election but change our broken political system?
    Read: 'Keir Starmer made a huge mistake in not backing PR' – Neal Lawson | Guardian

    Caroline Lucas's speech in full

    It's Bloody Complicated is recorded every second and fourth Tuesday of the month. Become a Compass member to join our live recordings and put your questions to our guests: https://action.compassonline.org.uk/podcast
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    • 1 hr 17 min
    The Future We Want: The Poverty Pandemic with Dawn Butler

    The Future We Want: The Poverty Pandemic with Dawn Butler

    Compass and the Orwell Youth Prize have teamed up to bring you a special new series, The Future We Want.

    In this first episode, Orwell Youth Fellow Manal Nadeem joins Dawn Butler MP for a discussion of race, power and the pandemic. The episode begins with Manal reading her piece, 'The Poverty Pandemic'.

    Read 'The Poverty Pandemic' by Manal Nadeem

    The Orwell Youth Prize is an annual programme for students aged 12–18 culminating in a writing prize. The prize and programme introduce young people to the power of political language, and provoke them to think critically about the world around them.

    The Future We Want is a new podcast series from the Orwell Youth Prize and Compass. We've matched the Orwell Youth Fellows from 2020 with figures from politics, media and political writing

    It's Bloody Complicated is recorded every second and fourth Tuesday of the month. Become a Compass member to join our live recordings and put your questions to our guests: https://action.compassonline.org.uk/podcast
    Support the show (https://www.compassonline.org.uk/podcast/)
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    • 37 min
    BONUS: How to Stop Fascism with Paul Mason

    BONUS: How to Stop Fascism with Paul Mason

    We welcome writer, journalist and film-maker Paul Mason to the podcast to discuss his new book, How to Stop Fascism (Allen Lane).

    Paul spoke about how the rise of right-wing populism and authoritarianism has not acted as a 'firewall' against fascism, the online tactics of the new networked fascism and the lessons of the French Popular Front for a Progressive Alliance movement today.

    How to Stop Fascism: History, Ideology, Resistance is available now.

    It's Bloody Complicated is recorded every second and fourth Tuesday of the month. Become a Compass member to join our live recordings and put your questions to our guests: https://action.compassonline.org.uk/podcast
    Support the show (https://www.compassonline.org.uk/podcast/)
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    • 36 min
    The Future of the Greens with Jonathan Bartley | Ep.48

    The Future of the Greens with Jonathan Bartley | Ep.48

    Recently departed Green Party Co-Leader Jonathan Bartley joins It’s Bloody Complicated.
    Jonathan stepped down as Green co-leader in July. He is now focusing his energy on helping to build a progressive alliance, saying to the Guardian that ‘there is a progressive majority in this country but we will have Conservative governments as far as we can see because of first past the post’.
    He spoke about why we need a progressive alliance – and why there must be something in it for the Greens – as well where the Greens' next seat in Parliament might come from, defending the right to protest and his unusual journey to the leadership of a political party.
    It's Bloody Complicated is recorded every second and fourth Tuesday of the month. Become a Compass member to join our live recordings and put your questions to our guests: https://action.compassonline.org.uk/podcast
    Support the show (https://www.compassonline.org.uk/podcast/)
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    • 54 min
    From the Soft Left to Left Patriotism with John Denham | Ep.47

    From the Soft Left to Left Patriotism with John Denham | Ep.47

    John Denham joined It's Bloody Complicated to talk nation, identity and patriotism.

    Is there such a thing as ‘progressive patriotism’? And against the backdrop of Brexit and a potential second Scottish independence referendum, is it finally time for progressives to talk about England?
    John Denham is Professor and Director of the Centre for English Identity and Politics at the University of Southampton, and co-founder of the English Labour Network. He was the Labour MP for Southampton Itchen, and served as a minister for ten years in the 1997–2010 Labour government.

    It's Bloody Complicated is recorded every second and fourth Tuesday of the month. Become a Compass member to join our live recordings and put your questions to our guests: https://action.compassonline.org.uk/podcast
    Support the show (https://www.compassonline.org.uk/podcast/)



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    • 57 min

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