Monday, 26 March 2007

Down with British Summer Time!

by Charles Pooter

Was anyone late for work this morning? Yes, it is that time of year again when we must all perform the ritual of turning forward the growing number of clocks and timers scattered all around the home. Of course, thanks to modern technology, many devices now know about "daylight saving" time changes. Some even smarter devices get told to change their time automatically by a radio signal from Rugby (of all places). But most gadgets still require us to remember their idiosyncratic controls to change them forward an hour manually.

What a waste of time this all is.

It is a monumental example of government arrogance that the state decided they would legislate time. What next, gravity? I say Down with British Summer Time! We demand GMT all year round!

If people want to work different hours in Summer and Winter, then they can damn well do so without making me change all my bloody clocks.

1 comment:

Edwin Hesselthwite said...

Well Charles, gotta say *No* to this one.

Much as we might be proud and patriotic when it comes to GMT (Charles lives dangerously close to The Meridian), fundamentally GMT is about one thing and one thing only - the determination of Longitude. Since I'm not trying to circumnavigate the world in a frigate, or sink a French EastIndiaman round the Cape of Good Hope, it really means squat all to me.

I'm much happier with BST, where I can enjoy the day's end at 8 in the evening. Much as it may be denied politically, I believe that our neighbours The Scots are the only remaining reason why we are stuck with this hellish GMT for half a year. The answer to this is simple - let cut them loose with their timezone.