From yesterday’s paper: Boris Johnson is heralding a “new era of generosity and tolerance…”

Wait, have I misjudged him? Has he finally seen that the needs of 70 million outweigh the needs of the one? Am I going to have to wholly re-evaluate my thoughts and feelings on the matter?

“…towards traditional measurements.”


Yep, he’s back trying to win votes by mish-mashing a bit of “patriotic” royalty stuff with turning the measurement clock back to the 1960s-1970s and…well, I’m not sure what, but I assume allowing things to be sold solely measured in units that no-one born in the past few decades is likely very familiar with.

For the avoidance of doubt in any potential international readers, it has never been illegal to measure or sell things in imperial units. You simply had to show a metric conversion next to it. And there were a couple of random exceptions even to that fairly minor rule. For instnance no-one ever went to a bar and asked for a 500ml glass of beer.

I would be fascinated to hear from anyone who has changed their mind and decided to vote Conservative due to this policy.