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Commentary on the measurement muddle in the UK 2014-10-03T09:20:16Z
Updated: 9 hours 25 min ago

Putting Britain ahead …

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 10:16
On Newsnight on BBC2 last Monday, David Cameron, replying to questions on his personal views, said he preferred ancient to modern measurements. One of our regular contributors, John Frewen-Lord, speculates where such nostalgia might lead. Mr David Cameron, the UK’s … Continue reading → 2

Will Scotland keep the pound avoirdupois as well as the pound sterling?

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 21:53
What impact would Scottish independence (if it were to happen) have on weights and measures?  Martin Vlietstra supplies an answer. All parties are agreed that if Scotland votes “Yes” in the forthcoming referendum, there will be a cost in establishing … Continue reading → 0

Hacking IKEA

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 12:56
It is said that people either love IKEA or hate it. Even those who fall into the latter group may find a recently published article amusing. When the founding fathers of the metric system dreamed of a measurement system that … Continue reading → 0

Metrication of the rail network

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 09:12
Last October Network Rail announced that they will be phasing out miles, chains and yards on the British Rail network in favour of metric units. This has already been done on most, if not all Britain’s metro and tram systems … Continue reading → 1

As others see us

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 17:26
A recent survey carried out by IPSOS Mori on behalf of the British Council may go some way to explain the UK’s failure to complete the metric changeover. “The UK is full of heavy drinkers with bad eating habits who … Continue reading → 0

US package labelling may be catching up

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 16:40
– but don’t hold your breath. One of our regular readers in the USA reports on the latest moves to permit metric-only labelling of packaging. In the UK, metric-only labelling of packaging became possible from the 1970s onwards and is now … Continue reading → 1

It’s official – the UK’s hybrid collection of measures is here to stay

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 00:17
Recently, one of our readers wrote to his MP about the UK’s measurement muddle. He received a reply from the office of the Minister for Universities and Science, David Willetts MP, who has responsibility for measurement standards in the UK. … Continue reading → 7

The 49th Parallel – still a line in the shifting sands?

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 18:46
John Frewen-Lord, one of our regular contributors, has recently visited Canada and has sent Metric Views his observations on the current state of the metric changeover there. Comments on this article from readers who know Canada are particularly welcome. Canada … Continue reading → 0