Whose turn is it to shout?

The Party Leaders’ Debate on BBC TV last night (Wednesday May 31) was as much about entertainment as about informing the voting public.

It might have been fun to watch, but the sight of up to seven people shouting over each other didn’t help our understanding of the issues or, in some cases, where individuals stood on them.

A proper debate is - like conflict resolution - an opportunity to engage the other side, find your  common ground and work from there towards an agreement.

A good strategy is for each participant to

  • listen to what the others said
  • check their understanding
  • put their own case
  • ensure the other parties understand what they said
  • think about what was said
  • suggest possible ways forward.

It takes time and a commitment to make the process work.

But it’s not good television!

© Osborne Mediation 2019