Fifty years after decimalisation, and nearly half a century since Britain entered the then EEC, road signs are still in miles (as opposed from kilometres); beer is measured in pints, as distinct from litres; flat-screen televisions are manufactured by the inch and proud parents continue to chart the weight of new-born children in pounds and ounces.
These are just four examples. There are many more. Yet, before the Minister rewrites the rules, he needs to consider those younger generations born in the metric era, and European in outlook, who wonder why the Government appears to want to go back in time to appease ‘metric martyrs’ who protested at fruit and veg markets 20 years ago.
Now, Lord Frost, for the hard yards – or is it metres?
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