Conservative Woman readers

In response to Otto Inglis: The Left can guarantee 99 per cent support for anything they like, Alan wrote:

The SNP (and indeed the Left in general) would always rather hold a ‘consultation’ than rely on an actual vote by the electorate. Having lost their last two referendums, the SNP are all too aware that their minority support can drown out the rest of us only when the public as a whole don’t put their views forward.
The great majority of the population are not political activists – we work for a living instead. Unfortunately it appears that we will all have to become activists, at least part-time, just to stop this sort of manipulation.



  1. It is not just the SNP. All public bodies prefer to “hold a public consulation” before they do whatever they wanted to do in the first place, be it build an expensive new palace for their employees or reduce rubbish collections or close a hospital, to name but three recent examples in m council area.

    • And often the “consultation” involves far more lobby groups, fake charities and vested interests than any genuine member of the public.

    • I suspect the main purpose is blame avoidance. In the world of those who spend public money, the fear of being accused of wasting it – or worse – looms very large. It might represent one of the very few ways they could actually lose their jobs. But not, of course, if they can point to a consultation which “approved” of their intended actions before they happened. So when the blame can be conveniently shifted elsewhere, it can never be the fault of the hapless people who were morally bound to implement the decision of others. In fact it can never really be anyone’s fault. So regardless of the level of waste or other failure, the whole circus can continue to roll on happily to the next fiasco.

    • Sadly public bodies have to consult prior to making decisions to make sure they are on a sound legal footing for when the inevitable judicial reviews are launched usually by a group of vested interests. A failure to consult or consider the impact on any one community is one of the most frequent ways of overturning a decision in my experience of the sector.

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