Where Paths Cross

About the project

Where Paths Cross started out as the name for a collection of essays which Nicolas Webb had started preparing. The name originates from an idea of viewing politics through the perspective of human interaction. Our experiences of one another broaden our thinking and can change our perceptions. It can also lead to the sharing of ideas and the sparking of innovation.

The old right / left spectrum is no longer the best way to view politics. The principles of a market economy and social liberalism are now well established with mainstream majority support and while these matters are not closed to more detailed debate, few people would seek to turn back from the current trajectory. Much has been written suggesting a more relevant spectrum is open and outward-looking versus closed and protectionist. This project is very much at the open end of that interpretation.

From the initial idea, we are now looking at ways to contribute to political debate and decision-making. It is very early days for the project but this potentially could include working as a think tank, hosting discussion groups, campaigning on specific issues and providing consultancy on policy matters. The term "the project" is used to describe Where Paths Cross precisely because we do not want to place an arbitrary limitation on the opportunities to work towards political ideas for the public good.

Where Paths Cross is not affiliated with a political party. It has the following founding principles:

- People are well served by a competitive market economy and social liberalism;
- Reform is key to the sustainability of good public services;
- Adaptation to globalisation & technological advancement will ensure the most people benefit;
- Britain is an outward looking nation and a responsible humanitarian and military power;
- Migration and integration are to the benefit of society and the economy;
- A robust approach to security requires the confidence of those it seeks to protect.

Where Paths Cross

From the Project Manager

Where paths cross interesting things happen, ideas spark, preconceptions are challenged and friendships are built.

The essence of our being and the vitality of our lives stems from simple interaction with other people. From friendships developed at nursery through to the new people met in a care home, our lives are filled with decisions we each take individually but on the basis of an interpretation of a meeting with someone else. Not all interactions are positive. Sometimes crossed paths lead to cross words or worse. Without human interaction though the stimulus to vary one’s path would be lacking.

As a child it can be possible to envisage a route through education and onto success, happy marriage, a home and family life. Many will achieve those goals but none will get from point A to point Z without taking plenty of detours along the route. The largest influence on those detours is the people we meet.

This could be a matter of how businesses seek the benefit of economies of agglomeration, how crime can be reduced through intervention, the way in which voters engage with democracy or how good ideas can become movements for change.

Where paths cross business can flourish, people can reach safety and communities can come together. Where paths cross what follows is a thoughtful next step.

Thinking & Delivering

Events, publications, broadcasts
This section will be used to provide information on our events, publications and broadcasts:

Post 2017 General Election discussion (21/6/17)
A group of supporters discussed what could be learnt from the election campaign & in particular how the political centre-right could re-engage with younger voters.

Where Paths Cross Podcast (Episode 1 3/7/17)

Get Involved

Engage with Where Paths Cross

We are currently looking at establishing a membership programme, but in the meantime please take the opportunity to sign up to our emailing list to keep up to date with our events and activities. You can also use this form to contact us on any other matters.


Favourite Quotes

Words with which we agree

"We need to change the way we feel. No more grumbling about modern Britain. I love this country as it is, not as it was, and I believe our best days lie ahead" - David Cameron

"Never boo or hiss at my rallies. That is for people with no hope" - Emmanuel Macron

"If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing" - Margaret Thatcher

"Human progress has never been shaped by commentators, complainers, or cynics. Progress is forged by the courage of the change-maker. And courage is not the absence of fear, it is the overcoming of fear" - Tony Blair

"Neither the chains of dictatorship nor the fetters of oppression can keep down the forces of freedom for long" - Angela Merkel

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