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In Place of the Soap Opera Consultation is an excellent way to focus on the real issues

Consultation is an excellent way to focus on the real issues

Media coverage of recent events has hardly broken new ground, but it may have reminded readers and viewers how focused we have all become on personalities. True, there is discussion of serious issues – though finding it is a challenge in the red-tops – but both the broadcast media and print journalists appear to be most interested in the implications for individuals. When will the Minister resign? is a far more popular news story than What part of the process broke down and why?

The problem is not confined to National Government. Local Newspapers can be really vicious in their treatment of local political leaders. Even the specialist trade press can reduce matters of technical substance to speculation about who’s up or who’s down, who’s in or who’s out of favour in Executive Agencies, Quangos or Committees.


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Rhion Jones is considered a leading authority on Public Engagement and Consultation. A founding Director of the Consultation Institute, he is co-author of “The Art of Consultation” (2009) and “The Politics of Consultation” (2018). He has delivered over 500 training courses and Masterclasses and is a prolific writer on the subject, having written over 350 different Topic papers and over 50 full Briefing Papers for the Institute. Since 2003 over 15,000 person-days of training based on courses he invented have been delivered. Rhion is in demand as an entertaining Keynote Speaker and Special Adviser, particularly on the Law of Consultation, and its implications for Government and other Public Bodies. In 2017, he was awarded the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’.

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