Think for yourself

Did somebody ask you to respond in a particular way?

Were you influenced by a campaign, unverified facts or information?

Can you see the bigger picture - or just the local context?

Hostile information activities are targeting consultations in an attempt to skew consultation results towards less favourable outcomes which are not in the public interest.  It is in the interest of citizens and stakeholders to safeguard the process from external influence and prevent the dilution of genuine views.

Public consultation is a process whereby democratic values are exercised and reflects values and freedoms enjoyed by all.  Consultation is not a vote and the outcome is typically advisory – campaign responses are consequently futile as they will be detected and reduced to a single voice.

Consultees need to “think for themselves” and should reflect carefully on how they have been informed on the facts of the consultation in anticipation of providing their views. Consultees should read consultation information critically for bias and take into account the motives of any external influencers.

Selflessness and compassion are in short supply.  Think about the wider benefits of any proposals, how they might contribute to our shared sustainable goals and future generations – not just about the individual impacts which might be immediately objectionable.