One major obstacle to further metrication is that too many politicians are afraid to challenge the prejudices of the anti-metric newspapers. This was seen most recently when Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer suggested that the franchise should be extended to EU citizens living in the UK and to 16- and 17-year-olds and that the UK should develop a closer trading relationship with the EU in response to a threatened exodus of carmakers. After some negative front-page headlines in right-wing newspapers (which tend to be anti-metric) to his suggestions, he quickly backed down.Continue reading “Who will fight the anti-metric newspapers for the cause of metrication?”
Major commercial broadcasters use cm only for snowfall
A few days ago, weather forecasters were warning the public about a period of freezing weather and snow. Major British commercial broadcasters’ websites have expressed the levels of snowfall exclusively in centimetres. There has been no use of inches for snowfall in their online weather reports.Continue reading “Major commercial broadcasters use cm only for snowfall”
Miles beyond transport
Here we will look at some visible displays of miles that are totally unrelated to road transport, the one major area of British life where miles are used across the UK. The images shown in this article demonstrate the enormous influence of British mile-based road signs for speed and distance on British society.Continue reading “Miles beyond transport”
Public opinion opposes aims of REUL Bill
The i newspaper recently published a poll about attitudes to the EU. The poll reveals that rejoining the EU is slightly more popular than staying out of the EU and a lot more prefer a closer relationship to the EU to boost trade with the bloc. Both of these preferences are incompatible with the aims of the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill. While UKMA has no position on British membership of the EU or on the UK-EU relationship, UKMA opposes the REUL Bill because it threatens a lot of existing weights and measures legislation. REUL aims to scrap or reform all EU-derived laws by the 31 December 2023 deadline, when they expire by default if nothing is done.Continue reading “Public opinion opposes aims of REUL Bill”
New Internationalist, a metric role model for the British media
Back after our summer break, Metric Views is happy to publicize a periodical that might have escaped our readers’ attention in recent years. Ronnie Cohen explains.
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Metric euromyths peddled by British national newspapers
Ronnie Cohen takes a look at eight myths involving the EU and the metric system.
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Measurement units – a daily dilemma for the media
We take a look at a uniquely British problem faced by our media and in particular the BBC, namely which system of measurement units to use.
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Metric usage by the media in Commonwealth countries
John Frewen-Lord contrasts media attitudes towards the metric changeover in Canada and Australia with those in the UK.
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