EU hasn’t given up on metric

! This post hasn't been updated in over a year. A lot can change in a year including my opinion and the amount of naughty words I use. There's a good chance that there's something in what's written below that someone will find objectionable. That's fine, if I tried to please everybody all of the time then I'd be a Lib Dem (remember them?) and I'm certainly not one of those. The point is, I'm not the kind of person to try and alter history in case I said something in the past that someone can use against me in the future but just remember that the person I was then isn't the person I am now nor the person I'll be in a year's time.

The media have finally caught up with the news that our masters in Federal Europe have, at least for the time being, given up on forced metrication in England.

I say “caught up” because this is old news – this decision was made a month ago but it’s taken the eurofederalists this long to realise that they can use it as “evidence” that Federal Europe isn’t that bad after all.

However, despite the headlines boldy declaring that Federal Europe has given up on metricating England, they are still very much committed to ensuring that foreign metric measurements are here to stay.  Anything you sell still has to be weighed or measured in metric with our own imperial weights and measures as an additional, less prominent, piece of information.  You will still be prosecuted by Trading Standards for not using foreign metric weights and measures even though imperial is used by more people than metric.

Is this a victory?  Not really.  It’s just maintaining the status quo – half metrication which infuriates a large proportion of the public.  Metric will still overtake imperial eventually without Federal Europe forcing it to happen.  Kids haven’t been taught how to use imperial for a long time so future generations will only be able to use foreign metric weights and measures.  In a few years the number of people who have deliberately been taught only metric weights and measures to kill off imperial will outnumber those of us who still use imperial.  Metrication will still go ahead, it will only be delayed by a few years and it will no longer be attributed to Federal Europe.


  1. Charlie Marks (365 comments) says:

    Kids haven’t been taught to use metric for a long time, but it’ll be generations before imperial measures cease to be used. Pubs and clubs do a fair bit to teach the youth about pints, who could ask for the same in metric?

  2. wonkotsane (1133 comments) says:

    It’s not just about pints though Charlie, ask anyone under the age of 20 to estimate how long a piece of wood is or how far away something is and 99% of the time you’ll get it in metric. I’ve had to teach my kids what imperial measurements are because they haven’t been taught them. Pints will probably end up being one of those throwbacks that sticks around forever once we’ve finally gone metric like plumbers who use imperial everywhere, even in metric countries.

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