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Commentary on the measurement muddle in the UK 2016-12-06T12:44:49Z
Updated: 22 hours 7 min ago

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

Imperial habits die hard

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 10:44
The attention of Metric Views has been drawn to a question appearing in the ‘Problems solved’ section of the November edition of Which? magazine. It relates to washing powder weights and volumes. A reader in Plymouth, Devon, posed the following … Continue reading → 1

Could London bus accident have been prevented?

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 11:18
This weekend we heard the sad news that 26 people were injured when a double-deck bus hit a low bridge in Tottenham, north London. But could this accident have been prevented? The driver of the bus evidently ignored the height restriction … Continue reading → 0

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