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Commentary on the measurement muddle in the UK 2016-10-21T21:39:59Z
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How can people’s behaviour be changed?

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 22:36
One of our regular contributors, Phil Hall, looks at the success of the recently-introduced plastic bag charge in England, and asks if there are lessons for the completion of the UK’s stalled metric changeover. It has been reported recently that … Continue reading → 0

Metric euromyths peddled by British national newspapers

Sat, 10/15/2016 - 20:28
Ronnie Cohen takes a look at eight myths involving the EU and the metric system. Myths about the EU peddled by British national newspapers are so common that the European Commission has a section on its website devoted to countering them. … Continue reading → 0

Why ten and not twelve?

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 00:08
This is a question that often arises during discussions on the merits of the metric system. Martin Vlietstra, one of our regular readers, provides some thoughts on the matter, coincidentally on 10 October. Critics of the metric system of cite the … Continue reading → 0

Why do we bother with metric?

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 11:15
A recent question put to UKMA via its web site contact form is one that comes up frequently. Some may consider this surprising as the debate has been going on for at least fifty years. Are we missing something? This is … Continue reading → 1

Cash coshed

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 18:27
In recent weeks, several pro-Brexit newspapers and politicians have raised issues related to the UK’s measurement mess, so we are allowing a Remainer to counter their arguments. UKMA took no view on whether the UK should remain in or leave the EU – … Continue reading → 1

Continued use of medieval units damages UK’s image abroad

Sun, 09/04/2016 - 12:15
Following the Brexit vote, leading ministers have used a number of buzzwords and phrases to try to promote the UK in a positive light as they talk about new trade deals, free trade, investment, lower taxes and lighter regulation. Can … Continue reading → 0

Brexit – where next?

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 11:59
Our series of articles on Brexit concludes with speculation on the future for the UK and its measurement muddle. Fog surrounds Brexit. The position will only become clearer when both sides set out their negotiating positions. However it is clear … Continue reading → 0

Measurement units and the European Economic Community

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 12:11
In the third of our series of articles we look at EU involvement in the UK’s prolonged metric conversion. Echoing England’s Magna Carta eight centuries earlier, the Treaty of Rome provided for a single system of measures within the EEC. … Continue reading → 0

How the UK created a measurement muddle

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 10:45
The series of four articles on the outcome of the EU referendum continues with a look at how the current measurement muddle came about. Britain is no stranger to the benefits of both a single system of measures and an international … Continue reading → 0

Continental Europe, offshore islanders and measurement muddle

Thu, 08/04/2016 - 00:33
Immediately after the referendum, Metric Views provided some initial thoughts on the outcome. Now, as the dust begins to settle, there is time for a more general view. Over the next four weeks, we shall look at the UK’s relationship … Continue reading → 1

150 Years of Legal Metric Usage in the USA

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 13:54
UKMA is nothing if not internationalist in its outlook. So today, 28 July 2016, we celebrate a significant anniversary for the use of the metric system in the USA. It marks 150 years of legal metric usage in the USA. … Continue reading → 0

Imperial holdouts in the UK in 2016

Sat, 07/23/2016 - 17:35
Who is still stubbornly clinging on to imperial units in the UK in 2016?  Metric views takes stock. There has been much talk in recent weeks of the UK becoming more “outward looking”, more open to the world. A new Secretary … Continue reading → 1

The Ins and Outs of Government

Sat, 07/16/2016 - 20:24
We take a metric view of the changes around the Cabinet table. OUT. David Cameron. He said this on Newsnight on BBC2 in 2014 when asked which units he preferred: “I think I’d still go for pounds and ounces, yes … Continue reading → 2

Why can’t weights and measures be left to the free market?

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 13:05
There have been recent reports in the press a butcher in Devon has started to sell meat in pounds and ounces after the UK had voted to leave the EU in a national referendum on 23 June 2016. This butcher … Continue reading → 3