Hi, thought you might like to see the launch leaflet and the press release (both of which have been cleared by Compass). Have sent them to Valley News to catch its deadline for the February edition. See you on 21 January. I will send out an agenda at the weekend. There’s quite a lot to catch up on.

Cheers, Dickie.


10/01/17 For immediate release


THE chair of Compass Neal Lawson and local academic Graham Smith will be speaking at the launch of the Salisbury branch of the progressive think-tank on Thursday 2 March at The Boathouse in Millstream Approach at 7.30pm.

A regular writer for the Guardian and the New Statesman, Neal has long believed that politics needs a new way of thinking, organising and being.

He said: “Our goal is the creation of a good society – one that is much more equal, sustainable and democratic and one that is more creative, innovative, caring, loving and hopeful.” During his talk he will be expanding on the role of Compass and in particular the idea of a progressive alliance that sees political parties and organisations working together to make a better society.

Graham, who lives in Salisbury, joined the University of Westminster in 2012 as Professor of Politics in the Centre for the Study of Democracy. Previously he was Professor of Politics and Head of Department at the University of Southampton.

He will be speaking in response to the growth of anti-politics and whether it is possible to do democracy differently given the apparent break down of democratic practice and culture during Brexit and the US election – and the failure to respond to pressing issues like climate change.

Dick Bellringer, who started Salisbury Compass last year, said: “We are delighted that Neal and Graham have agreed to help launch our group.

“In a world where elections seem to dominated by misleading information and downright lies it has never been more urgent to evaluate our democratic beliefs.

“For Compass in Salisbury this is only the start. We have other events planned for the year ahead including a regular Democracy Café in Salisbury Arts Centre.”




For more information contact Dick Bellringer on 01722 323453 or email bellringer11@btinternet.com


Visit www.salisburycompass.org or www.compassonline.org.uk