As a ‘remainer’ and as someone who attended the ‘people’s vote’ march in London’s Hyde Park on Saturday 20 October 2018, I am an unlikely person to be writing a book about imperial weights and measures.
Whilst I welcomed the freedom of movement across international boundaries that Britain’s former membership of the EU offered, I was never so enthused about the mandating away of our traditional system of weights and measures. For me, it seemed so unnecessary. There is nothing ‘anti-Europe’ about feet and inches. Our historic system of weights and measures is just as much part of our heritage as the many languages, accents, dialects, and cultures which each of us encounters on a daily basis and which give colour to our lives. So why should its use be criminalised?
I also admit to being one of that small handful of people who actually welcome the government’s current consultation on allowing traditional measurements in the sale of loose goods. What is there to be frightened of? The proposal is harmless. No one is going to be forced to buy their petrol in gallons instead of litres. If you’ve heard of imperial measurements but have never been educated in their use, my book, ‘British Imperial and U.S. Customary Measurements Explained’, will tell you everything you need to know. Please see the enclosed link and check it out. It’s a tiny book at an even tinier price. It does not bang any drum. It is purely informative. And topical. And entertaining. And it’s packed with amazing facts and figures. Like the connection between a medieval King and how you buy your shoes today. So far as I’m aware, there is nothing else on the market quite like it. Enjoy! V. Charles ward.