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Reverse metrication

1 Comment 1st July 2010
  • Remove requirement to state metric units when selling items domestically. Items for international sale should state both.
  • Phase back in use of Imperial units, both for selling items, and in education
  • Pardon all convictions for 'metric martyrs'

Why does this matter?

The metric system is still deeply unpopular in this country, despite the government's official stance being to adopt it. Older people are confused by these alien units, and most people even those of school age still use a lot if Imperial units. Even the most metricated people I know use Imperial for a few things (as opposed to myself, the opposite, who uses Imperial for everything except my car's engine size.

Once upon a time our quirky units were something we were proud of, most of us still are. How many people were ever prosecuted for demanding to use kilo-grammes back when it was lb and oz that were legal?

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One Response to Reverse metrication

  1. John Frewen-Lord says:

    First off, ALL imperial units are defined in metric terms – e.g. an inch is 25.4 mm, no other definition for an inch is legally acceptable. Second, not being fully metric COSTS this country lots of money, some of it well hidden. A few years ago, a friend of mine in engieering software lost a multi-million pound export order – because his client (from Japan) when visiting the UK to check him out saw that the country was not metric (at least that was what all the road signs showed). The client was not prepared to risk having the software designed in imperial and then converted.

    So you simply cannot reverse being metric, and not being metric enough is costing this country huge amounts in lost exports.

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