Well - your alternative is simply the opposite question, to which would you would answer for example "no", instead of answering"yes" to the way I phrased my question!
More seriously though, I phrased it in this way as the question is bigger than "should they sell", as the big question is actually whether in principle the State should own forests under a 'Big Society'.
Government is not seeking the public's view as to whether we should sell the public forest estate, as it believes that the State should not own forests as part of 'big society', so we will not be asked this in the forthcoming public consultation. In other words, the question as I phrased it is a direct challenge to the notion that under 'big society', the people (private sector) should own the forests directly, and not the State.
The state (a.k.a. us the general public) already owns forests in England.
So surely the question should be 'should we sell our forests in England?'
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