Monday, 23 June 2008

on Central European Time

Just as Edward Heath, Conservative Prime Minster dragged the country into the EU (then the EEC), David Cameron's Conservatives, if elected into government at the next election, will do it again. This time they propose to scrap Greenwich Mean Time and make Britain adopt Central European Time, putting London in the same time zone as Paris, Madrid, and Warsaw. This would leave Portugal and Ireland as the only two countries operating on GMT or UTC.

Interestingly the article says the benefits would be better trade with other CET countries, the reduction of deaths and serious injuries on the road by '450 per year' and result in a 5% reduction in electricity use. However, between 1968 and 1971 both Britain and Ireland opted to use CET by abandoning British Summer Time (a.k.a. Daylight Saving Time). The change was abandoned in part due to vocal parents outraged at their children going to school in the dark as well as those living in Scotland who had no sunrise until 10am.

The Conservative move is prompted by a referendum in Jersey, to move away from GMT and use CET.

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