"I would like to have the power of the Mayor [of Shanghai]... I would just like that we can get through the consultation problem as quick as possible". (An Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, 20th Jan 2005, China) I have called my paper “The Consultation ‘Problem’ ” after hearing our Taoiseach on an interview from China earlier this year. It struck me at the time as interesting that he thought of consultation as a ‘problem ’ rather than as a ‘process ’ that we are all entitled to engage in
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