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None of the above – Do unhappy consultees ever feel like disenchanted voters at an Election?

If we lived in Spain…or India…or Poland, we could vote for ‘None of the Above’ or NOTA.

It is also the title of a book published last month by journalist Rick Edwards who specifically seeks to persuade younger voters that it is worth taking part in the forthcoming General Election, even if there is little of appeal in any of the parties’ manifestos.  Whether the prospect of spoiling your ballot paper is sufficiently attractive to persuade our youth to vote is another matter – but it certainly prompts some serious thinking.

What if this was available to consultees when they respond to a consultation?


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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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