Brexit, business, culture, diversity, history

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

business, culture, diversity, society, Uncategorized

Return to Imperial Measurements

Am I alone in welcoming the Government’s proposed return to imperial measurements? For me, what is important is that the change is PERMISSIVE. No-one is being forced to change to feet and inches. It is about choice. It is also about heritage. No-one is ever forced to abandon regional languages or dialects. So why should weights and measures be treated differently? Remember also that imperial are the units within which American tech continues to work. And they ain’t gonna change. And they have more influence over our lives than any two-bit politician or bureaucrat.

diversity, religion, society, Uncategorized

Happy New Year. But which one?

When you think about it, every day is somebody’s new year. 1st January 2018 is the big one. But what about 16th February 2018, marking the Chinese Year of the Dog and celebrated by 1.4 billion people? Or Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, on 10th September 2018. Followed two days later by Muharram, the Islamic New Year. My friend and co-writer Farida J Manekshah celebrates Nowruz, the Persian New Year, on 21st March 2018.  And they’re the only ones we know about. What new years do the peoples of the Amazon celebrate? Or the tribes of Papua New Guinea?

My new year resolution is to write more books. At least six. In 2016 I co-wrote Farida’s life-story under the title ‘Memory of Beheram’. It was my first book for 10 years. I republished it in 2017 under the title ‘Refusing to Bow’. This year I also wrote ‘Legal Profession: is it for you?’ based on my own 45 years as a lawyer and which I hope will inspire future generations of lawyers, wherever in the World they work. International publishers Taylor and Francis have accepted for publication a technical book I have written on housing regeneration. It is important to me because Britain is in the middle of a housing crisis. Amongst work-in-progress is a self-help book about a distressing medical condition which affects millions of men world-wide. Later on I may indulge myself by writing something about London’s East End, based on my own family history. Several months ago I came across a transcript of an 1884 Old Bailey trial in which my great-grandfather, John Edmund Vivian, was a prosecution witness. It concerned the theft of furs from Blundell Brothers’ warehouse in Cheapside.

culture, diversity, history, relationships, religion, sex, society

Calling all Zoroastrians

Farida J Manekshah’s book ‘Refusing to Bow’ tells the true story of the modern young Zoroastrian Woman who refused to bow down. Not to her family. Not to a violent man. Written up from tapes recorded more than 30 years ago. Provides rare insight into the beliefs and culture of an ancient religion. ‘As a rich man’s daughter, I had everything. But having everything wasn’t enough. I had to throw it all away.’



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