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COBRA at Christmas

They hold Cobra meetings in the North Pole.

 Few people know this.

But last week, whilst the rest of the world played party politics, Father Christmas convened a COBRA meeting to discuss some momentous issues.

Not only is there the pandemic to worry about, but he also has climate change to consider. Following his consultation after COP26, the decarbonisation of Christmas Eve is now a priority.

Greater use of reindeer is very positive for carbon reduction, with a massive recruitment drive under way. It may create a huge amount of methane, but enhanced sleigh-pulling configurations will enable reindeer to observe social distancing and make their journeys even more efficient. This has put the wind up key stakeholders, Amazon and DHL who rather enjoy their games of “pass the parcel” and see no reason to change. The GLASPACK agreement at COP26 – to reduce unnecessary packaging – will alarm cardboard manufacturers who claim they are being ‘boxed’ into a corner.


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About the Author

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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