President’s Pen

All systems go as council changes course

TURNING the Queen Mary around was often used as a metaphor to describe the enormity of a task.

At 81,000 tons and 310 metres in length, the Queen Mary was one of the most powerful ships built, dwarfing the Titanic at 52,000 tons and 268 metres.

Due to the size and displacement of 206,712 cubic metres or water, manoeuvring the ship was a precise and monumental task against massive hydrodynamic forces.

What is the relevance you may ask?

The ship is a metaphor that well describes local government; the complexity of bureaucracies and the interdependence of systems and what is required before change becomes apparent.

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