For too long have we been thrown around by the European Union, being told what to and not to do. Forced into becoming Metric, when in-fact 96% of the British population are AGAINST kilometres, metres and other metric units on our roads and food labelling. [Source: http://bit.ly/drmuS2]. Imperial Units were created by us, the British, and yet we use litres for measuring fuel when in-fact, countries such as Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Burma (Myanmar), Cayman Islands, Grenada, Guyana and Sierra Leone use Imperial/UK Gallons for petrol/fuel (as of Summer 2010). Even the United States is not officially metric and it's the most powerful nation.
I believe that by repealing the laws forced upon us by the European Union that prevent Imperial Units to be printed on food packaging unless accompanied by metric units, in-which the metric units must be given priority, it would stop confusing people about what units we use. I seem to remember that in 2001, in one of the Conservative Party's policies, they pledged to bring back lb's and oz's and get rid of kg's and grams.
It is also illegal to sell loose goods by the lb, it MUST be sold by the kilo. This law should be repealed since I would prefer to buy fruit etc by the lb rather than the kilo. We should not give in to the EU and birng back Imperial Units of Measurement.
Why does this idea matter?
I believe that this idea is important because life is getting more confusing every few years. Old road signs which used to say 6' 1" now say 2.1m which is completely confusing to the average motorist and is ILLEGAL. It is illegal under British law to show metric road signs for height without Imperial Measures being shown and having priority; yet we see more metric road signs than ever.
By reverting back to the Imperial System, we will save a lot of money by not having to change EVERY road sign in the UK; yes, Northern Ireland too.
In a time where money is scarce, we shouldn't be spending millions on changing the road signs to metric. Thanks for reading.