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Off target by a long shot

June 8th, 2010

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.


One Response to “Off target by a long shot”

  1. alymac says:

    The UK’s long march toward metrication started way back in 1819, when the Government set up a Royal Commission under the chairmanship of the illustrious botanist Sir Joseph Banks, President of the Royal Society, to look into decimalising British weights and measures. Amazing that this is still a political issue in the UK. You’ll find the whole story here:

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