Public consultation is a process used when the outcome of a policy has been carefully predetermined. Participants are allowed to vent while facilitators carefully heard them towards the predetermined conclusion and it is akin to a fire hydrant that is carefully placed so that all dogs can relieve their natural needs.
Public consultation rules for participants:
We want to hear what you have to say, as long as you say what we want to hear. If you don't say what we want to hear, we will conclude that you are cerebrally challenged and you are simply too stupid to understand what services our superior brains are trying to provide for you with your tax money, whether you want them or not.
What is a camel?
At first a camel was defined as a horse designed by a committee;
then a camel was a horse conceived through participative management;
a little while later a camel was a horse constructed by the collective efforts of all members of a team all pulling in the same direction (team spirit);
now a camel is a horse borne as a result of public consultation under manipulation of a bunch of facilitators;
all along the only thing that was certain is that a camel produces camel dung and a horse produces horse manure!