National Poetry Day: An Ode to Consultation
Thursday 7th October is National Poetry Day, and this year, the theme is Choice. As a nod to our team’s creative side, here’s a poem from our very own Founder Director, Rhion Jones.
An Ode to Consultation
We all want to be consulted,
On issues that stoke up our fears.
Proposals that threaten our homesteads
That frequently end up in tears
We want to be asked when it matters;
Before they have made up their minds.
Not just going through the motions;
Bureaucrats covering their behinds!
We want all our views heard with patience,
And strictly in line with the law.
Observing all Guidance and judgments
Laid down in the cases before.
We trust that those whose decisions,
All stakeholders hope will be sound.
Respect all legitimate interests …
Address all objections around
We’d like enough time to consider
All aspects of what is proposed
With impact assessments aplenty
Much better than changes imposed
It needs to be fully inclusive
With no group or persons deterred …
From voicing their views or opinions
No matter how seldom they’re heard
For what we most want is the knowledge
That someone will look at what’s said
Consider it all without bias
With no single response un-read
One day when we all go to heaven
And stand and that fine pearly gate
No doubt there will be consultation
On aspects affecting our fate
So, while you’re a mortal and active,
Please focus on skills you may need.
The Institute’s insights and training
Are brilliant and well-guaranteed.
This poem, as you might imagine
Was subject to no such pro – cess
Which is why it remains unconvincing
The muse, in a word, is a mess.
But fear not. – not all consultations
Will suffer this mis’rable fate
Remember the purpose as always
Is to stimulate thought and debate.