Consultation proves pointless if it does not lead to real reflection

The political process is depressingly familiar. The government pledges to listen to what MPs, the public or anyone else has to say on a controversial issue. Then it does no such thing and ploughs ahead with a policy it has already decided to pursue. This is portrayed as strong leadership and a willingness to take unpopular decisions. In truth, it is an abuse of public consultation.

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