discussion programmes about consultations

A regular TV programme about current consultations.  Explaining what it's about, who it's for and including a discussion of the various view points so that people could form their own ideas to take part in the consultation.

not party politics, not shouting the odds, a straightforward explanation of the issue at hand.

The BBC's official response to this suggestion was that the programme would be boring and no-one would watch it. that there is sufficient coverage of govt proceedings in existing news programmes.  I do not feel this is true. I can hardly watch 24/7 in case they might mention something important in passing!

Mainstream is for everyone, but if the public service broadcasters or commercial companies won't do it, then could it be online where people could watch it when they wanted.

Why the contribution is important

I first thought of this when the Social Security Consultation openend, but it remains valid.  It's difficult to understand complex issues, to understand how the matter affects your own life, to work out what you want to say and to form the words to say it.  Too many people don't fill these things in.

I think a large part of that is the general idea that politics is for politicians. it's boring, it's too hard.  People don't like feeling stupid.  So things need to be broken down, the relevance to your daily life needs to be made clear.  Not everyone needs to be filling in everything, so if you turn on and see it's about eg Fishing fleets, and you have no interest in that. fair enough. but maybe you will see something that captures your attention. something that makes you want to say "I support the govt view, yes do this" and just as importantly "I do not support the govt view, they have forgotten about me, and how this will affect me".

by AJ on May 30, 2018 at 11:04AM

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  • Posted by AWS June 07, 2018 at 09:10

    I like this idea but I am not sure how the Scottish Government can urge or force our public broadcasting institutions to implement more focused programming on public consultation and engagement issues.

    All your other points about current consultation practice are really valid . How does SG improve their engagement processes to ensure it easier for people to engage with policy they are interested in in a light touch and accessible manner that is still useful for the policy making process?
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