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In 1965 the President of the Board of Trade expressed the "hope" that the country would soon adopt the metric system. This became, without reference to Parliament, and assumption, with the setting up of a Metrication Board whose Chairman declared that "going metric is no longer a question of whether but when. We in Britain have made our decision".

When Harold Wilson set up the Metrication Board in 1969 he undertook that metrication would never be imposed compulsorily. Edward Heath gave the same undertaking when he published the "Metrication" White Paper in 1972. As spokesman for Consumer Affairs, Sally Oppenheim formally declared her party's opposition to further statutory metrication. Margaret Thatcher abolished the Metrication Board in 1980. These assurances have since been ignored, with very little debate in Parliament. No party sought a mandate for the change.

The Department of Trade and Industry claims falsely that their consultation of 600 British industrial, trade and consumer associations in 1988 and 1992 revealed "overwhelming support" for metrication. In fact the DTI's consultation concerned only transition to the metric system, not whether it should be adopted at all. At no stage has the DTI attempted to establish whether metrication was wanted.


Compulsory metrication involves the prohibition of the use of traditional units, and therefore the denial of a right to use part of our own language.

The EU funds a bureau for minority languages and the British government helps speakers of minority languages with forms and printed information, and allows broadcasting catering for their cultures.

Yet these same governments show monocultural bigotry by telling the majority of people in Britain to use an alien language of measurement, whether we like it or not.
Our weights and measures, and our preference for them, are treated with contempt.

Metric road signs [see kill-the-metre] and waterway signs with metric speed limits (such as the absurd 6.43 kph) replace at our expense those which most of us understand better. Yet there are in parts of Britain street signs in languages which only minorities can understand. So the cultural needs of various minorities are catered for, while those of the majority are discriminated against!

Children were formerly punished if they spoke Welsh or Gaelic in school, and the left-handed were treated as perverse and forced to write with the right hand. Intolerance has found fresh targets, and now it is these (both children and adults) who prefer convenient weights and measures who are treated as wrong and told to conform.

The Greeks were not told to abandon the alphabet which only they in the EU use, but WE are told that Britain must be "brought into line with Europe". There is an attitude of contempt for our cultural inheritance and a refusal to acknowledge its value.
Governments in Britain seem to want to scrap much of our heritage.
In schools there is widespread failure to teach children to understand traditional weights and measures and how to work with them in ways that take full advantage of their useful features.

It is the EU Commission's declared intention in due course to forbid the use in shops of any information whatsoever in the language of weights and measures which most people in Britain understand and prefer. This is another step in the process of stripping us of our cultural heritage and freedom.


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