Comment 98649

By Pxtl (registered) - website | Posted March 19, 2014 at 16:38:02 in reply to Comment 98647

There is the very realistic concern that the clamour they hear for things represents a vocal minority of politically-engaged activists and the general public is completely unaware of these plans. Dozens of people on Twitter do not really represent "the public", even though they'll have a substantial footprint on the media conversation. This also applies to call-in shows, magazines, and other self-selected groups. Ryan often rants about self-selected reader polls, but twitter and #HamOnt and even RTH aren't really any better for gauging public interest.

So they have to run it by the politically-disengaged public who don't follow these things. Consultation means going to the public and talking to them where they are, not inviting them to come visit you with comments. And that's why it's significant that Jones et al already did this and somehow Council acted like that didn't count.

Comment edited by Pxtl on 2014-03-19 16:40:53

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