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Commentary on the measurement muddle in the UK 2016-08-25T11:41:52Z
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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

Where does Brexit leave metrication?

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 22:03
On 23 June 2013, the British people voted to leave the European Union. After all 382 voting areas of the UK declared their results, Leave had a total of 17 410 742 votes (52% of the total vote) and Remain a … Continue reading → 0

Pronunciation matters

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 12:34
SI is the international standard of measurement, understood around the globe. But its value in communication can be reduced by variations in the way it is both spoken and written. Recently, Ronnie Cohen contacted the Canadian Metric Association to get … Continue reading → 0

Metrication not an issue in EU referendum

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 11:11
Many issues have been raised in the referendum campaign. The UK measurement muddle has not been one of them. Ronnie Cohen comments on the campaign so far. In March, shortly after the date had been announced for the referendum to decide … Continue reading → 2

New edition of SI brochure

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 17:46
One of our readers has drawn attention to the recent issue for a comment of a revised edition of the SI brochure. He writes: “The draft 9th edition of the SI brochure is available at: http://www.bipm.org/en/measurement-units/new-si/#communication Some of you may … Continue reading → 0

The link between muddled units and verbose traffic signs

Sat, 06/04/2016 - 00:37
Successive UK governments have retained imperial units exclusively for distance and speed on road traffic signs. Ronnie Cohen argues that, as a result, we have been unable to take advantage of universal unit symbols, a feature of the metric system … Continue reading → 0

An American perspective on the US metric transition

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 12:49
Earlier this year, Ronnie Cohen contacted the US Metric Association (USMA) to get information about the current situation in the USA regarding its transition to the metric system. Paul Trusten, Registered Pharmacist and Vice President and Public Relations Director of USMA, responded. … Continue reading → 0

Perspectives on Canada’s metric transition

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 16:07
Following earlier discussion on Metric Views, we take a look at the current position on the metric changeover in Canada. Earlier this year, Ronnie Cohen contacted John Bailes, the President of the Canadian Metric Association to ask for information about … Continue reading → 0