Ministers to meet the public

The Chief Minister has announced plans to hold public meetings with ministers. Making government more accessible has to be welcomed. Let’s hope that this is a genuine attempt to communicate with the electorate and not simply going through the motions. A local requisition meeting last year raised more questions than it answered  – IMO. Politicians are experts in dodging the issues. An incomplete answer is hardly preferable to evading the issues. It leaves us wishing to probe further while not wishing to dominate the questioning time.

What answers do we seek?

What are the questions we would like – or need – to ask? My choice would be questioning the role of ministers’ advisors and whether ministers feel under pressure to follow the advice if they are not experts in a particular field. It would be helpful to extend this questioning  – who are the advisors and are details of their financial interests available for public scrutiny?

And what about the Rio Convention and the lack of publicity about this? Furthermore, can anyone reassure us that we will not be landed with expensive compliance of ever-increasing eco regulations. Above all, it would be superb if we could question the basis for signing up to the convention and where the information had been obtained. After all, nowadays the thought police appear to be out in force  if we so much as question global warming or climate change or whatever the latest phrase is. School children are being indoctrinated with this stuff instead of being taught to question things and learn to make their own decisions based on varying evidence. That will be another question then: The syllabus and how this has been devised?

Planned questions and moral support

I could go on but I’m sure you have plenty of your own questions. However, the important part is to query the structure of government and how decisions are made. For instance where was the open discussion of signing up to the Rio Convention? I seem to have missed it. How are these decisions taken? It seems to me that if we have no insight into how things work then we have little chance of influencing matters.

Phrasing our questions carefully is also important in order to ensure that the vital issues are covered and not evaded. Above all we need to ensure that we have plenty of support. We’ve already covered the Delphi technique.

Let’s grasp this opportunity with both hands and plan the questioning. Random questions will achieve little. Strategic questioning techniques are essential.


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