Compass calls for a National Plan: “The moment demands nothing less”.


Compass, an ideas and action based pressure group, is discussing alternatives to the Government’s economic ‘Plan A’, which isn’t working, with over 50,000 members and supporters around the country.

Its original Plan B, one page summary here, includes elements advocated in the last post by LWM’s co-founder Colin Hines: “infrastructure programmes, such as more housing, making every building energy tight, diverse and locally orientated transport systems etc” – see a snapshot of the first section below:


compass plan b


Plan B was a response to a seminar question posed by MP Jesse Norman, whose book Compassionate Conservatism has been described as “the guide book to Cameronism“: “Where is the left on the economy?” The Observer records:

“Stirred by the chiding of the Tory MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire, Neal Lawson brought together an umbrella group of non-affiliated university-based academics, economists, political thinkers and experts. After six months of work – often conducted in a cafe opposite the TUC building on London’s Great Russell Street – Plan B was formulated”.

A year later, Compass launched its new publication, Plan B+1, which cites the work of Birmingham Energy Savers and can be downloaded here . It is seeking signatures for its petition (text below) which can be seen here:


compass petition text


Compass calls for a National Plan

“The moment demands nothing less”.



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