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The Dragon Says: The Dam Preventing Council Cultural Change is Still Unbreached

The long and sorry story of the still-awaited Tumbling Bay Weir bridge repair reveals a remaining cultural problem at Guildford Borough Council. See: Agencies Can’t Agree A Statement on Weir…

The Dragon Says: Truth Matters

Last night a Conservative MP said if we don’t care when Parliament is misled we are on a slippery slope that ends up in Putin’s Russia. He is right. But…

The Dragon Says: The Strange Case of the Disappearing Councillors

What are we all to make of the situation at Ash Parish Council? It seems bizarre. Why is the council chairman Nigel Manning so determined to keep his two absent…

The Dragon Says: Time for Ash Parish Council Chairman to Admit His Error

The beleaguered position of the Ash Parish Council chairman, in defending his two absent councillors who now live in Wiltshire, is looking less and less credible. Since November The Dragon…

The Dragon Says: Democracy Dies in Darkness

“Democracy dies in darkness.” This is the strapline of the Washington Post. Naturally, when we read such mottos we think of national governments and high-level politics but it applies equally…

The Dragon Says: Too Many People, Too Many Cars – No Wonder We Have the Worst Pollution

News that we have the most polluted stretch of road in the country will come as no surprise to many residents tired of dealing with the chronic traffic congestion. One…

The Dragon Says: The Votes Are In But Who Will Win?

Counting has now commenced (Friday morning) as tensions rise amid fevered speculation by Surrey voters about who will be their county councillors for the next four years. County results are…

The Dragon Says: Ask Not ‘Who is To Blame?’ We All Are

We must all share the blame for the weaknesses at GBC. We vote for the councillors who create the policies and make the high-level decisions. They appoint the senior council…

The Dragon Says: Officialdom Must Beware of Using Social Media

Social media is a multi-mixed blessing, a mind-blowing maze of misinformation, dubious sources, misleading speculation, sometimes wild, but masquerading as fact with tendrils of truth here and there. At worst,…

The Dragon Says: Providing for Hungry Children is a Measure of Our Community

No one wants our children to go hungry. There are few things less emotive than the thought of an ill-nourished child, especially in an affluent borough such as Guildford. Most…

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