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Euro burning but let’s ask for the time


Those with dubious Europhile tendencies – Tim Yeo, Nick Clegg etc – want to diminish Britain’s standing in the world further by ending our alignment to GMT for half the year and switching us to Berlin Time. GMT, of course, stands for Greenwich Mean Time. That’s the same Greenwich in South London and London being the capital of Great Britain. I can never understand why subjects of Her Majesty hate Britain so much and still they are not charged with treason.

The latest person to raise the issue of us never living aligned to GMT again and would also like us moved to Berlin Time is Vince Cable – hmmm, now what does he have in common with the two MPs above? Mr Cable, who is obviously easily distracted from his day job – i.e. trying to help British business (which he is exceptionally bad at) – wants us to be one hour ahead of GMT in winter and two hours ahead in summer. This would mean come late December the sun would not rise in Ipswich until 9am – that would be great for our collective mental health and wellbeing wouldn’t it? We are, of course, aligned to GMT for half the year because of our position on the globe and therefore to ensure we gain the maximum light possible across the working day but I suppose Europe fanatics don’t care about basic physics.
Here’s how the Daily Telepraph Leader put it today:

Our reaction is one of astonishment that Mr Cable has resurrected this scheme when the Government is so preoccupied. May we suggest a compromise? While the rest of us rise at our normal time, let Mr Cable get up an hour earlier. That way he might actually get some productive work done.


Author: gavinmaclure

IT professional; political blogger, former Conservative councillor

4 thoughts on “Euro burning but let’s ask for the time

  1. GavinHe needs extra time to do his VAT returns

  2. Why is it always "Berlin" Time and never "Paris" time from those against? Agree with you on the facts though. As Paul Geater was told on twitter, people should just get up earlier – the early bird catches the worm and all that.

  3. would be Paris time, if you read the history of Ornance Survey – it should have been Paris in the first place and GMT was chosen to spite the French

  4. The early bird catches the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese. This country should seriously consider whether it is beneficial for the UK to be 1 hour out of step with the rest of Europe. Maybe now a single currency has been proven such a resounding success, we can have a single European language (which would be French because they won't let it be English) and a single European time (which would be Berlin Time because they will insist).Or maybe we should consider the benefits of that stretch of water known as the English Channel…

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