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THE GROWING RESISTANCE TO
Many trade associations - such as the federation of Small
Businesses - and chambers of commerce back the call to end compulsory
Metrication will fail as the majority who do not want it decide to speak up and make themselves heard. By working together we can put an end to compulsion and regain our freedom of choice.
Both the British and the North Americans against metrication.
National surveys show that our traditional measures are much more popular than metric and that a majority oppose compulsory metrication.
Gallup found that 87% of
people normally think in pounds, 87% in pints, 69% in yards and 95% in
Only a small minority (7%) favour the move towards printing the packaging for goods, and the ingredients listed for recipies, solely in metric measurements. Three times as many (21%) would prefer traditional measurements only to be used, while most (70%) prefer dual labelling.
In January 2000 BMRB International found that over two thirds (67%) of the UK population disagree with compulsory metrication and less than one sixth (16%) support it. Among the youngest (ages 15-24) a majority (57%) disagrees with compulsion, as does 65% of the next age group (25-34). Of women 71% oppose compulsory metrication.
Tesco's consumer survey, also in 2000, found that 90% think in pounds and ounces, while only 8% would be happy with metric-only labelling.
The British government says
that dual labelling is being allowed here for the convenience of exporters
"pending the completion of the US metrication
programme"! This is typical metric propaganda.
And a story from Down Under
13/07/01 20:31 PM
I will be forwarding a subscription in due course in Pounds Sterling .
While metric units are superficially more efficient, imperial measures are simply the best for everyday use. If I may, I will provide you with two examples. One hopefully humourous and one factual.
* In Australia, where I live, it is a
criminal offence to use imperial measures. When buying a half-pound of cheese
recently, the sales-person correctly informed me that I was not allowed to ask
for a weight in imperial measures. I then asked her to imagine that I was a
robber and how would she describe me to the police. Her immediate reaction was
six-foot two and about fourteen stone ( I am overweight).
There is something wrong in the state of Denmark - which like Britain has the highest record of compliance with arbitrary EU regulations!
John Kerr-Stevens Director CSA Pty Ltd
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