Metrication may seem a rather minor and unimportant topic compared to other things happening in Britain, however having a unified and universal system of measurements, is probably one of the most understated and misunderstood issues which has repercussions in every aspect of Britain and for the British people. It is fundamental for the future of Britain to fully adopt a common system of measurements used throughout the world. If Britain is to remain a key player in the international community and to be able to compete on a global scale and to allow for economic and academic prosperity, adoption of the International System of Units is imperative to secure Britains place and relevance within the international community.
Contrary to popular belief, the Metric System has nothing to do with the EU, nor is it a continental European idea, it is infact a British idea, devised nearly 350 years ago in England by John Wilkins, one of the founders of the Royal Society. Like many other great British ideas, from recent history, the jet engine and the hovercraft, Britain failed to grasp the potential of the Metric System and allowed other nations to take the idea further and to be at the cutting edge of science and technology.
Britains apathy, particularly of each and every successive government, even as far back as the Victorian Era has failed itself by not adopted the Metric System to which since the post war period has been to the detriment and decline of British industry which will never recover to its previous level as British based manufacturers outsourced their factories to cheaper, more efficient Metric nations. Not to mention the incrediable financial wastage of having a dual measurements and the potential threat to life – in calculating dosages for medicine and lack of understanding of warning signs on bridges and tunnels which in turn cause financial loss and social hinderance.
Britain in the seventies experienced the change over to decimalisation, forty years on, Britain is one of the most important financial states in the world. A changeover which affected population down to a personal level. Metrication is well within our grasp and it is in our interest to changeover!