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Imperial Measurements – Letter to Jacob Rees-Mogg

Jacob Rees-Mogg MP

House of Commons

London SW1A 0AA

10 February 2022

Dear Mr. Rees -Mogg,

Imperial measurements

I am writing in response to your invitation in the Sun newspaper today to write to you and tell you of any absurd EU regulations that should be abolished.

Although I have never been an ardent Brexiteer, I have always regretted the mandating away of our traditional system of weights and measures over the past half-century, which now only exist in popular culture.  I can buy a 454 gramme jar of marmalade but am not allowed to call it a pound of marmalade.  I can weigh myself in stones and pounds but if I have to complete an official form, I have to convert it into kilograms.  A shopkeeper who sells a pound of apples without using metric scales, can be prosecuted.

For me, our traditional system of weights and measures is just as much part of our national heritage as the many languages, accents and regional dialects, which give colour to our lives.  It should be valued.  Not mandated away.  Although metric measurements have become the international currency, there will always be a place for other forms of measurement for the following reasons:

  • The United States of America, the world’s biggest economy, still works in imperial units.  Even its space programme.  American Tech (which uses imperial measurements) has more influence over our lives than any national government.
  • There are some types of measurement which don’t even lend themselves to Metrication.  I give as my example the measurement of time and angle, which is geared to the Earth’s rotation and dates back to the Babylonians.

The changes which I am now seeking are twofold, namely:

  1. That traders and the customers are given freedom of choice as to the units within which they choose to trade;
  2. That government communications include imperial units alongside metric units to encourage their use.

Thank you,

Yours sincerely

V.Charles Ward

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