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Legal Challenges – What are the implications of the Greenpeace case? …… and will it affect less high-profile consultations?
Make no mistake; this High Court judgment will have a major impact upon the conduct of public debate in the United Kingdom. It’s not that this is the first time…Read more
Petitions & Panels at Number 10 – Do recent initiatives in the Prime Minister’s office amount to something more than Public Relations?
Many newspapers and even parts of the BBC seem to have decided for themselves that 10 Downing Street’s recent experiments with public participation are nothing but a set of PR…Read more
Perverted Polls – Do corrupt telephone polls by careless broadcasters reduce the credibility of public consultations?
When even Blue Peter has to apologise for misleading callers to its show, and virtually every other broadcaster has had to run for cover lest its practices be placed under…Read more
We all know people who think they are skilled at “knocking heads together” – and very useful they are too for those occasions when deep seated intransigence or sheer obstinacy…Read more
If you look down a list of consultations from a range of public bodies, two things become immediately obvious. One is the sheer variety of topics and issues. The other…Read more
Developing strategies is not unlike having children. Many are conceived from committed parentage, and are nurtured in a loving and learning environment. But others are what we call orphans, the…Read more
Almost everyone agrees that one of the biggest weaknesses of public and stakeholder consultation is inadequate feedback to respondents and the public. But, just for a moment, imagine the best,…Read more
The Government’s proposed duty to inform, consult and involve is leading to some pretty deep discussions in many a public body. There is a lot of muddled thinking around as…Read more
Why Community “kitties” WILL work – People are right to be sceptical about some new ideas, but this one really can make a difference
Okay, so calling them “community kitties” maybe does the idea less than justice. But, had Hazel Blears used the term “participatory budgeting”, who’d have bothered to look twice at these…Read more