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Thursday, February 23, 2006

Kinnock wants metric road signs

The Welsh windbag, Neil Kinnock, has spoken out in favour of metric roadsigns.

Yawn. Go ahead, change Welsh roadsigns to metric if you want but leave English signs alone. Welsh roadsigns are already dangerous enough through random dual-language signage rules which sees some signs in English, some in English with Welsh translations and some Welsh with English translations. Every sign takes a fraction of a second longer to analyse as your brain identifies which part of the sign you can understand when you should be concentrating on the road.

I would put money on your average teenager having no idea what a kilometre looks or feels like, even though they are schooled almost exclusively in metric measurements. Myself, I was taught both - mathematics was metric and practical maths was imperial.

Metric road signs will be dangerous so let Kinnock fight for them just so long as they are only put up in Wales. The smaller the population of Wales, the less we have to subsidise them.

Iain Dale has a poll.