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Commentary on the measurement muddle in the UK 2017-06-22T10:27:11Z
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DfT expects drivers to be familiar with metres and that’s official

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 11:27
Ronnie Cohen reports on his recent correspondence with the UK Department for Transport (DfT). I recently asked the DfT what measurement units they expect drivers on British roads to be familiar with. It responded (ref. GT51/2/2/F0014554), saying “The answer to your … Continue reading → 0

MOTD writes metric but speaks imperial

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 08:26
At last, the General Election campaign is over. And now, as we wait for the results,  Ronnie Cohen looks at something completely different: Match of the Day. Or is it? For those of you not familiar with football, Match of the … Continue reading → 1

Pint-sized beer and cider in British shops

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 13:18
Ronnie Cohen takes a look at the beer and cider on sale in his local shops and supermarket. While the vast majority of beer and cider cans and bottles are sold in rational metric sizes, there are a few that are … Continue reading → 0

New insights into DfT thinking in recent years

Sat, 05/27/2017 - 13:32
In this article, Ronnie Cohen passes on information he has recently received from the Department for Transport (DfT). In April 2017, I received a response to an FOI request that included a document called “170411-Annex A”. This document contains internal … Continue reading → 0

The American Influence on Canada’s Metrication

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 09:17
John Frewen-Lord, a frequent contributor to Metric Views, has just returned from one of his regular trips to Canada. He gives us his thoughts. It is well known that metrication in Canada is in as much of a muddle as … Continue reading → 0

A Dickensian surprise

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 23:59
Charles Dickens is enduringly popular for his memorable characters and his portrayal of the social evils of Victorian England. One of our regular readers, Martin Vlietstra, draws attention to an unexpected contribution he made to Britain’s long-running metrication debate. Charles … Continue reading → 0

Strange ideas about budgets at the DfT

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 12:09
Ronnie Cohen comments on the way the UK Department for Transport (DfT) struggles to maintain a consistent approach to spending. I recently asked the DfT how much money will be diverted from high priority areas and a breakdown of high priority … Continue reading → 0

Positions of main parties and politicians on metrication

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 23:37
At the beginning of the General Election campaign, Ronnie Cohen looks at the current stance of the main political parties and the position taken in the past by some of their MPs. On 18 April, Prime Minister Theresa May called … Continue reading → 0

Odd and inconsistent product descriptions

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 11:10
We highlight an oddity in Waitrose product description and pricing, recently picked up in an article on msn. And no, this is not a belated April fool story. There was recently an article published on msn.com about Waitrose selling empty … Continue reading → 0

Global Britain or Imperial isolation?

Sun, 04/02/2017 - 12:34
On 29 March, Sir Tim Barrow, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the European Union, handed a signed six-page letter from the British Prime Minister to the President of the European Council, invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and … Continue reading → 1

Costs of supporting dual measures

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 13:08
Ronnie Cohen provides us with an example from his work of the additional costs that businesses face as a result of having to provide for dual measures. Imagine how much better off we might be if all such costs in the UK economy … Continue reading → 0

Then there were two

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 17:19
We ask if it is time for supporters of so-called British weights and measures to come to terms with the fact that only two systems of weights and measures are recognised world wide, and British aka Imperial is not one of … Continue reading → 2