Progressive Alliance Event Survey

If you attended the Compass Progressive Alliance event on Tuesday 5/7/16, or watched along at home, we would really appreciate hearing your thoughts on how things went and where we go from here. 


 

What do you think worked well at the event?

  • answered 2016-07-16 16:31:25 +0100
    Q: What didn't work well?
    A: Unavoidably there was some time wasted with audience questions and the roving microphone – but that doesn’t detract from the whole discussion being very good indeed
  • answered 2016-07-15 16:58:28 +0100
    Q: What do you think worked well at the event?
    A: Excellent panel of speakers. Clear ideas presented. General structure of event good.
  • answered 2016-07-14 10:37:50 +0100
    Q: What do you think worked well at the event?
    A: Later part – when the speakers actually talked about how they could co-operate
  • answered 2016-07-14 08:39:21 +0100
    Q: What do you think worked well at the event?
    A: The roving mike deliberately picking out people who don’t often get heard was great.
    The speeches were good.
    The ‘turn to your neighbour and have a chat’ thing was a nice idea but slightly awkward and unBritish.
  • answered 2016-07-12 21:37:34 +0100
    Q: Are there any other organisations that you think we should be working with on the Progressive Alliance project?
    A: Anyone who’s interested, frankly, but I think this should be primarily a political project in the sense that the ultimate goal is getting a progressive government into power
  • answered 2016-07-12 21:36:28 +0100
    Q: Is there anything you can do to help Compass to build the project?
    A: Whatever it takes
  • answered 2016-07-12 21:36:13 +0100
    Q: Where would you like to see the Progressive Alliance work go?
    A: To a General Election victory. Everything else is details. I think progressives from ‘overvoiced’ areas should get out into ‘voiceless’ areas, as recommended by John Harris among others, and find out what their specific concerns are and thus what we can offer them that will attract their votes to the left
  • answered 2016-07-12 21:33:38 +0100
    Q: What didn't work well?
    A: Nothing! I even got free chocolate! I have so much love for you guys and I’m just ashamed that I wasn’t aware of your work earlier
  • answered 2016-07-12 20:34:33 +0100
    Q: What do you think worked well at the event?
    A: Everyone was essentially saying the same thing but from a different view point and this is essential. There is never only one way to solve a complex problem.
  • answered 2016-07-12 11:52:21 +0100
    Q: What do you think worked well at the event?
    A: The speeches were excellent and inspirational. I thought getting comments from the audience, but NOT asking them to be answered was refreshing and a good way of going about it , although I think some people were expecting a response.
  • answered 2016-07-12 00:16:25 +0100
    Q: Any other comments?
    A: Just that I hope the momentum of this critical gathering will be maintained and multiplied. In 2008 the energy was lost. I strongly feel that this may be our last chance to avoid the divisiveness we have seen in Northern Ireland in previous decades spreading across the UK. Unity or bust!
  • answered 2016-07-12 00:13:10 +0100
    Q: Are there any other organisations that you think we should be working with on the Progressive Alliance project?
    A: Well, my main thought is the importance of reaching out to young people, who were so vocal about their concerns in the referendum. My daughter came with me to the meeting in London and she must have been one of the youngest people there. This was her first experience of a national political meeting but how many other young people are out there who could be inspired by knowing they could make a difference?! And my daughter is probably wondering what she could realistically do with her peers? (She is back in her uni town now)
  • answered 2016-07-12 00:09:02 +0100
    Q: Is there anything you can do to help Compass to build the project?
    A: In addition to the last response, I am a long-time campaigner on trade and environmental issues (mostly for Friends of the Earth International) and am particularly concerned that this is a unique moment to change the course of political debate in the UK to recognise the concerns of all those disenfranchised by the current economic ideology. I am a writer and photographer as well, and very willing to help, although my time is very limited by family commitments and having to earn a living. I would like to join Compass.
  • answered 2016-07-12 00:04:55 +0100
    Q: Where would you like to see the Progressive Alliance work go?
    A: An overall conclusion of the meeting was that everyone there needed to go home and start building the alliance at the local level. I totally agree, and I will be working with my local Green Party group that I have only recently joined, to do just this. We are planning a post-Brexit Progressive Alliance discussion with local Labour and LibDem groups in the next three weeks, and I am going to contact Compass directly to see what materials or other support you might be able to send our way!
  • answered 2016-07-12 00:02:02 +0100
    Q: What didn't work well?
    A: I thought it was fine. Vince Cable was a little bit tetchy about the ability of the groups to work together but that’s about it.
  • answered 2016-07-11 23:47:10 +0100
    Q: What do you think worked well at the event?
    A: I was very happy to hear that all the speakers were taking a positive post-Brexit position, rather than challenging the results of the referendum. I was worried that this might not be the case. I was a ‘(very) reluctant remainer’ myself, but I think the current situation, where so many people have voiced their discontent with the current status quo (a) cannot be ignored, the results of doing so could be disastrous and (b) offers a unique opportunity to move away from the stark inequalities generated by 20 years of neoliberal economic globalisation (as being driven forward both within the EU and the UK), and the prospects ahead of us with trade agreements such as TTIP.
  • answered 2016-07-09 19:20:24 +0100
    Q: Any other comments?
    A: Thanks again, it’s rare to experience such inspiring and thought-provoking events.
  • answered 2016-07-09 19:19:34 +0100
    Q: Are there any other organisations that you think we should be working with on the Progressive Alliance project?
    A: An issue that was raised during the event was that of working with the Tories and UKIP. I thought that was interesting, since one of my main motivations for wanting to learn more about the idea of a PA was precisely to keep the Tories and UKIP out of government! But the question did make me think, especially given the clear need to stop lazily dismissing all Brexiters/UKIPers as horrible racists. Is it possible to criticize UKIP without demeaning their voters, many of whom have legitimate grievances with business as usual politics? Might not UKIP be a strong ally in the campaign for PR? Just how broad can the Alliance be? These aren’t easy questions to answer, but I think will be important to consider going forward, not just practically but more generally in terms of overall messaging and framing.
  • answered 2016-07-09 19:11:54 +0100
    Q: Is there anything you can do to help Compass to build the project?
    A: I guess joining Compass would be a good start…
  • answered 2016-07-09 19:11:12 +0100
    Q: Where would you like to see the Progressive Alliance work go?
    A: One message that came through strongly was the need to get out there, listen to what people around the country are saying, and engage people in politics in a different way. Amina in particular spoke passionately and convincingly on this point, as did John. A question I was left with, though, is how effective any new strategy to re-engage the public can hope to be if not accompanied by a viable economic plan for depressed post-Industrial areas. I mean, I come from north of Manchester and there are areas around where I grew up that are just grim! No wonder people feel politicians don’t serve them! John definitely touched on this, and Vince Cable mentioned the need for an industrial strategy. Going forward, it would be great to see the Progressive Alliance think through ideas on economic policy as well as a new approach to politics more generally, since without a clear and (I hope) optimistic economic vision I think it will be hard to inspire any meaningful support from the old “Labour heartlands” that are increasingly looking to UKIP. Certainly I can’t imagine the Greens having much to offer miners in Wales or the northeast. Nor a New Labour redux. Corbyn’s economic platform (insofar as he’s articulated one) is probably most fit for purpose, though ironically polls seem to show his support is weakest in areas where people would be most likely to benefit from a Corbynist economic agenda. Anyway, the point is that despite differences between parties, I would hope that the PA provides an excellent opportunity for fruitful discussion and perhaps even finding some common ground.
  • answered 2016-07-09 19:10:29 +0100
    Q: What didn't work well?
    A: Not much really! Again, great event!

    It would have been nice to hear more on specific options for building a post-Brexit Alliance, but I think that’s too much to ask given that this was really a conversation starter more than anything. And Caroline (who was awesome) had a couple of concrete suggestions (e.g. non-aggression pacts, open primaries etc.) that it would be great to explore further.

    One message that came through strongly was the need to get out there, listen to what people around the country are saying, and engage people in politics in a different way. Amina in particular spoke passionately and convincingly on this point, as did John. A question I was left with, though, is how effective any new strategy to re-engage the public can hope to be if not accompanied by a viable economic plan for depressed post-Industrial areas. I mean, I come from north of Manchester and there are areas around where I grew up that are just grim! No wonder people feel politicians don’t serve them! John definitely touched on this, and Vince Cable mentioned the need for an industrial strategy. Going forward, it would be great to see the Progressive Alliance think through ideas on economic policy as well as a new approach to politics more generally, since without a clear and (I hope) optimistic economic vision I think it will be hard to inspire any meaningful support from the old “Labour heartlands” that are increasingly looking to UKIP. Certainly I can’t imagine the Greens having much to offer miners in Wales or the northeast. Nor a New Labour redux. Corbyn’s economic platform (insofar as he’s articulated one) is probably most fit for purpose, though ironically polls seem to show his support is weakest in areas where people would be most likely to benefit from a Corbynist economic agenda. Anyway, the point is that despite differences between parties, I would hope that the PA provides an excellent opportunity for fruitful discussion and perhaps even finding some common ground.
  • answered 2016-07-09 15:34:58 +0100
    Q: Are there any other organisations that you think we should be working with on the Progressive Alliance project?
    A: The Raymond Williams Foundation
    The Democratic Society
  • answered 2016-07-09 15:32:52 +0100
    Q: Where would you like to see the Progressive Alliance work go?
    A: URGENTLY, extend into the north of England.
  • answered 2016-07-09 15:31:46 +0100
    Q: What do you think worked well at the event?
    A: I watched the YouTube video. I intend to use individual panel speeches to stimulate discussion and analysis in as many forums as I have access to in my personal network. Contributions from the floor were much less helpful. A real limitation of the event is that it was (of those in the room) only speaking to already existing “kindred spirits”. The real test is how we get a very much wider proportion of our fellow citizens to join in this discussion of an alternative route ahead. But I’m sure you already appreciate this. By the way, the same limitation may also relate to the new weekly newspaper – “The New European”.
  • answered 2016-07-09 02:00:54 +0100
    Q: Any other comments?
    A: I truly believe we can make this work if the will is there. I think it needs to be a bottom-up process and a community platform could help coalesce our thoughts into concrete actions.
  • answered 2016-07-09 01:59:39 +0100
    Q: Are there any other organisations that you think we should be working with on the Progressive Alliance project?
    A: Definitely. 38 Degrees, Citizens UK and Global Justice Now for a start.
  • answered 2016-07-09 01:58:56 +0100
    Q: Is there anything you can do to help Compass to build the project?
    A: Yes, I have a lot of experience in building community information-sharing platforms. I’ve begun work on one at pluk.org.uk, which if you like, could form the basis of a shared resource in building alliances together.
  • answered 2016-07-09 01:57:22 +0100
    Q: Where would you like to see the Progressive Alliance work go?
    A: Towards a snap general election with concrete alliances in place.
  • answered 2016-07-09 01:56:50 +0100
    Q: What didn't work well?
    A: Allowing the politicians to carry on speaking well beyond their allotted times.
  • answered 2016-07-08 23:05:16 +0100
    Q: Is there anything you can do to help Compass to build the project?
    A: I need more time to think about that question. I assume you mean what can I do as an individual?