A popular anti-imperial petition on the official parliamentary petitions website has attracted a large number of signatures and is still growing fast. It opposes the Government’s recent imperial-only measurements proposals for trade.
Weights and measures petitions do not normally get many signatures. This applies to those in support of the imperial system as well as those in support of the metric system. Some get a handful, some gain a few dozen signatures and only a very few get a number of signatures in triple digits – even then they only run into the low hundreds. For this reason, UKMA has normally ignored petitions on metrication because they normally expose a lack of popular interest.
There is now one anti-imperial petition on the official parliamentary petitions website that has gained almost 1700 signatures. UKMA has made an exception for this one because it has attracted a large number of signatures and is growing fast. It has the potential to get several thousand signatures over the next few weeks and make an impact on decision-makers by showing how much opposition there is to the Government’s imperial-only measurements proposals.
This petition was created by a young person to oppose the Government’s proposals to remove the requirement for traders to show the metric units alongside the imperial ones. The title of the petition is “Do not legislate for imperial-only measurements on goods”. It makes the points about the limited international use of the imperial system today, the disconnection of the Government’s imperial-only measurement proposals with young people’s metric education and the numerous factors in the imperial system. Here is the case it makes against the Government’s proposals, which is worth quoting in full:
“We want the government to u-turn on its proposal to review the EU ban on markings and sales in imperial units and its proposal to legislate on this. Just 3 other countries solely use the imperial system and the UK would be an outlier should it switch to it.
As part of the review, the Government said it would legislate “in due course” to remove the ban on imperial-only markings carried over from the EU. We can’t have imperial-only markings. Young people like me have been raised to use the metric system and very few, if any, understand the imperial system.
The imperial system is hard to understand where increasing measurements have little in common, such as 12 inches in a feet to 1680 feet in a mile. The metric system makes much more sense.”
If these proposals go ahead, many young consumers will be confronted with measurements they don’t understand and did not learn at school. For decades, the young have been taught the metric system in school but are forced to adjust to the unfamiliar imperial system outside the school gates. The Government’s legalisation of imperial-only pricing will only make this situation worse.
When I signed this petition two days ago, it had approximately 1250 signatures. Since then, it has attracted over 400 extra signatures. This has been, by far, the largest number of signatures for a weights and measures petition I have seen and is still growing fast. The more signatures it gets, the better the chances of persuading the Government to drop their imperial-only measurement proposals.
Sign this petition, spread the word and persuade others to sign it too. You can find the petition at the following link: