Originally posted by kuhl
Now the EU want us to go metric ,first it was fruit now our road signs.
- So the only thing anyone is talking about is that we consider switching from miles to kilometres, correct?
....cos we are already metric in just about everything else now, right?
You should reread your article; it doesn't say the EU are demanding we do anything actually.
I find this to be another example of centralisation. Everyday there is another example of centralisation
- Maybe you could list the "everyday examples" for say the last two weeks that you want to claim have been forced upon us then, hmmmm?
Go on, 14 examples of the EU forcing unwanted change on the UK in the last 2 weeks.
I shall not be holding my breath.
but the EU is not a government just a group of countries.
- Quite so, a cooperating collective acting in concert for mutual benefit, an excellent idea and one that has done the UK and the rest of Europe a
hell of a lot of good for a long time.
Neil Kinnock the one who never got the labour party into power now seems to have more power than if he had of won the general election he
fought for,He lost an election but still dictates rules while collecting a fat pay check from Brussels.
- Er, Neil Kinnoch stopped being an EU commissioner in 2004 actually.
He has merely backed this British campaign
and explained why -
UKMA (United Kingdom Metric Association) chairman Robin Paice said: "The Irish have shown how easily, safely, and economically it can be done.
The British government should just get on with it."
Ex-Labour leader Lord Kinnock, who is backing the report, says the UK's imperial signs contradict its modern image.
In an introduction to the report, he says: "Our imperial road signs are perhaps the most obvious example of the muddle of measurement units in the
"They contradict the image - and the reality - of our country as a modern, multicultural, dynamic place where the past is valued and respected and
the future is approached with creativity and confidence."
I ask how much would it cost the tax payer to replace all these signs?, My answer iis If your in the sign business it's going to be a great
- Why don't these people stop wasting time and resources pretending there is the slightest chance of this happening?
The Sky link you provide shows it hasn't been approved by the UK government and it also states clearly that this is not a case that "the EU want us
to go metric " on our roads at all.
Britain should set an early date for converting its road signs from miles to kilometres, a report by the UK Metric Association says.
The imperial signs are a "confusing" exception as most of the UK officially operates in metric measures, it claims.
It says conversion would make it easier to calculate fuel consumption and enable more finely tuned speed limits.
However, the government insists it has no plans to make the switch, which would be a "waste of taxpayers' money".
- I could care less whether people are pro or anti-EU, it's a free country (personally I am pro-EU)
I do wish the anti-EU side could at least try to keep the debate honest and stop blatantly trying to use exaggerated myth and outright lies
falsehoods to create ridiculous 'strawman' arguments.
.....and of course that is without mentioning the absurd inherent suggestion that there is something to be concerned, worried or frightened about by
claiming a part of the world that is already 'European' is set to (somehow) become even more 'European'.
Cooooo, the horror.
[edit on 24-2-2006 by sminkeypinkey]