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Commentary on the measurement muddle in the UK 2017-02-23T01:04:09Z
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No flight information please – we’re British

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 01:04
Ronnie Cohen wonders why at least one budget airline flying from the UK targets its flight information at continental and American passengers. When you fly, you are likely to be able to see moving-map information on the plane’s in-flight entertainment system. This is real-time … Continue reading → 0

Smart meters, or not?

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 17:22
Readers may have seen a recent TV programme that was highly critical of the energy smart meter “roll out”. Some of you may now be wondering why a nation that made a mess of the simple task of adopting a … Continue reading → 2

Supplementary Indications revisited

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 13:18
Supplementary indications received a reprieve in 2007, and will now, subject to the Brexit deal negotiated with the EU, need to serve only the needs of the UK economy. Ronnie Cohen wonders where US influence is likely to lead us. Supplementary … Continue reading → 1

A new industrial strategy for Britain?

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 16:49
The Government revealed its new industrial strategy in a White Paper published earlier this week, generally receiving a positive response. But are there still elephants in the room? Professor T J Simpson, in a letter to the Editor of i … Continue reading → 0

Is the proposed EU-US trade agreement doomed?

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 14:31
We have updated an article that was first published in 2013. The new US President has said he wishes to renegotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), signed but not yet ratified. Does this mean the proposed EU-US trade agreement, known as … Continue reading → 1

The euro – decimal all ways

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 17:22
It has now been 15 years since the launch of euro notes and coins on 1 January 2002. While UKMA takes no position on the euro, the anniversary of the introduction of euro notes and coins gives an opportunity to … Continue reading → 0

Planned upgrades to the SI

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 11:41
We kick off 2017 with an article for metric geeks. But before imperial enthusiasts jump in to claim this shows how impractical metric units are, it should be pointed out that since 1963 (for mass and length) and 1985 (for volume), … Continue reading → 0

Should auld acquaintance be forgot

Sat, 12/31/2016 - 14:36
We take a look at the past year on Metric Views and speculate about what the future holds. The past year was one of the most active on Metric Views with forty articles posted, and 750 comments received from around sixty … Continue reading → 2

Rio 2016, a showcase for the metric system

Sat, 12/17/2016 - 12:06
As 2016 draws to a close, we look at one of the institutions that benefits from an international and universal measurement system – the Olympic Games. Rio 2016 consisted of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. It took place between 5 August … Continue reading → 0

Imperial on the surface, metric beneath

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 13:05
Following on from his article about the far-reaching influence of the measurement units used on road traffic signs, Ronnie Cohen now takes a look at the signs themselves and the roads they complement. Despite our roads being predominantly signed in imperial units, … Continue reading → 0

DfT influence goes way beyond transport

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 22:39
During the past few weeks, there have been many news stories about the removal or modification of certain metric traffic signs by an elderly gent from Huntingdon and his friends. Their inability to see beyond the narrow remit they have set themselves has … Continue reading → 0

Education matters

Fri, 11/25/2016 - 11:00
The benefit for education is an important but often ignored reason for completing the UK’s metric changeover. Metric Views welcomes a new report that has recently appeared on the subject, entitled “Metrication in education”. Our article includes a link to download the report.The author, Alan … Continue reading → 0

Isolationist thinking behind Trump and Vote Leave

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 11:54
UKMA did not takes sides in the EU referendum campaign – the UK would have to do business with a world that is predominantly metric whatever the outcome. However, one of our regular contributors, Ronnie Cohen, detects a theme of isolationism … Continue reading → 2

Quirks of US Customary Units

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 00:23
Some would argue that the decline of manufacturing industry in the USA contributed to Mr Trump’s surprising victory in the Presidential election. Others might say that tardy adoption of the international system of measures was one of the causes of manufacturing’s … Continue reading → 0