Once again The Sun has got its measure wrong. Speculating on what it sees as renewed preference towards imperial, rather than metric measures (“Miles better”, 7 June 2010) the newspaper blames “Brussels” for a “drive to rob our country of her identity”. In fact, going metric is not the result of EU membership. The drive for alignment with global moves in this direction was started by a British government more than 40 years ago – in 1965, eight years before the United Kingdom joined the EU.
Brussels only involvement is to ensure that EU legislation recognises the UK’s pint, mile and troy ounce for as long as the UK wishes to continue using them.