The Ghosts of Consultation – Scrooge sees the past, present and future of Consultation
Rumour has it that Scrooge lives somewhere in HM Treasury!
Seriously, most public bodies have an institutionalised kill-joy ready to shout Bah, Humbug at any form of consultation or public engagement.
Our Christmas wish is for such sad souls to experience the nightmare of Dickens’ original creation.
In the Ghost of Consultations Past, he or she-who-must-be-obeyed occasionally condescended to ask of the great unwashed whether there was anything they wanted! Answering this rhetorical question would probably provoke an explosion of rage. How dare the public answer back? After all, policy-makers always knew best .