Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Giles Chichester: telling porkies

It seems that there is some good news emerging from the EU that the Commissioner for Industry has said that in 2009 there won't be forced metrification in the UK.

If this is the case, and our government doesn't decide to gold-plate EU legislation on measurements, it must be claimed as a team victory.

It's a shame that Tory MEP Giles Chichester doesn't see it like that. The man who wrote the legislation which ended the crown stamp on pint glasses is now claiming that:

"After saving the crown on the British pint, I am happy the Conservatives have persuaded the Commission that it is good not only for international business but for the British people that traditional measurements are kept...

No, Giles, you didn't. What you actually did was allow a pretty picture to go on a pint glass as long as the EU CE stamp to validate the measurement is also on there.

I smell smoke. Is that because your pants are on fire?

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