Motivate to Metric NOW

Good to hear that Ireland has removed all the silly imperial roadsigns spouting stuff like ‘miles per hour’ speed limits and has properly replaced them with metric signs showing ‘kilometres per hour’.
So, whatever happened to our move in the UK to metric measurements? 
We were slowly phasing out that old fashioned confusing imperial rubbish, but it seems to have come to a screaming halt. For a while on TV, news reporters would carefully make sure they spoke in modern measurements “I’m standing just 50 metres from where…” and all was right with the world.
But, the confusing imperial system is slipping back in.  Badly. 
When I lived in London, ‘down me local market’ (you had to speak like that) things were again being sold in “payands” weight, and on TV there seems to be a conscious effort to go back to the old fashioned ways too. “I’m standing just 50 yards from where…” keeps happening.
Look.  We no longer have people talking about the price of a gallon of petrol, but correctly, people think in price per litre. This is because we swapped over to one system and stopped bothering with the old one. Equally, when I see something that costs 27p I don’t sit there with a calculator trying to find out that it’s the equivalent of 5 shillings and 8 old pennies and a farthing. Neither do I try to express it in groats. I just think, feel and know what 27p is, buys, and looks like. No doubt if we were still running dual currency in the UK we’d all be constantly confused with the conversions back and forth and back again.
This is why things are so confused generally. We should get rid of all forms of old fashioned imperial measurement and then just think, breath and believe in metric. Ireland seems to be leading the way in so many things, where once we looked on them as some pathetic simple potato loving bums that envied the UK, it’s actually time for the rolls to reverse.
All the time people indulge the old system alongside the metric system, we will never teach people to think in kilometres per hour, or kilograms when they weigh themselves. It’s time to take action!

5 comments

  1. Disagree strongly, the US, one of the biggest markets still speak imperial. Most drivers still think in miles per gallon even though we've been forced to buy fuel in litres for ages. And a pint is a nice quantity of beer, .568 litres doesnt cut it. So leave well alone, most brits want to distance themselves from Europe now, and the cost of changing can't be justified, especially now.

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  2. Well said young man. As kids we learn to count on the digits on our hands, ten of them, not 8, 12, 14 or 16, just plain old 10. Apart from 3 or 4 backward countries, the overwhelming majority of the planet gets along very well with metric. US gallons are smaller than UK ones, so that rather takes the wind out of pro-imperial fuddy duddies, that point to the US using US customary units as if they were British Imperial weights & measures. Who in their right mind would want to go back to pounds shillings and pence? 1892 & 4/16ths yards in a mile? 1000 metres in a kilometre is plain commonsense. The sooner we drive in the right as most other nations do the better.

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  3. No one's suggesting going back to pounds shillings and pence. Why force metrication on an willing country whose people are already fed up with being told what to do by people in Brussels. And as to driving on the right, why? It's just plain wrong and even places like Samoa have recently changed to driving on the left. No, we are British and should stay thatway. Just because everyone else does somethng doesn't necessarily mean it's right. We are not sheep.

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  4. Up in the Highlands Mr Argy Bargy we still have 1760 yards to a mile and we want to keep it that way!

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  5. Metrification is part of the dumbing down of society.

    By the time I left junior school, I had fathoms, drams, ounces, pounds, hundredweight, stones, tons, inches, feet, yards, chains, furlongs, miles, nautical miles, fluid ounces, pints, gallons, pennies, shillings, florins, half-crowns, pounds, guineas, etc. fairly well inter-related and arithmetic questions involving all of these, looking in my old school books, were quite tricky for 9, 10 & 11 year old kids – but it was the norm.

    Now all you need to know is 10. er, what's 10 x 10 – oh, er, what's 100/10 – er 1 x 10?

    No wonder we're breeding a dumb society only fit to work in McDonalds.

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