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Commentary on the measurement muddle in the UK 2017-03-23T13:15:19Z
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Costs of supporting dual measures

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 13:08
Ronnie Cohen provides us with an example from his work of the additional costs that businesses face as a result of having to provide for dual measures. Imagine how much better off we might be if all such costs in the UK economy … Continue reading → 0

Then there were two

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 17:19
We ask if it is time for supporters of so-called British weights and measures to come to terms with the fact that only two systems of weights and measures are recognised world wide, and British aka Imperial is not one of … Continue reading → 2

Pricing, profits and customer confusion

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 16:00
Inevitably, the referendum result has led to calls for a return to some of the measurements that Britannia used when she ruled the waves. Ronnie Cohen suggests an underlying reason. It is reported that a previously unknown politician who last year unsuccessfully challenged Mrs … Continue reading → 0

No flight information please – we’re British

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 01:04
Ronnie Cohen wonders why at least one budget airline flying from the UK targets its flight information at continental and American passengers. When you fly, you are likely to be able to see moving-map information on the plane’s in-flight entertainment system. This is real-time … Continue reading → 0

Smart meters, or not?

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 17:22
Readers may have seen a recent TV programme that was highly critical of the energy smart meter “roll out”. Some of you may now be wondering why a nation that made a mess of the simple task of adopting a … Continue reading → 2

Supplementary Indications revisited

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 13:18
Supplementary indications received a reprieve in 2007, and will now, subject to the Brexit deal negotiated with the EU, need to serve only the needs of the UK economy. Ronnie Cohen wonders where US influence is likely to lead us. Supplementary … Continue reading → 1

A new industrial strategy for Britain?

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 16:49
The Government revealed its new industrial strategy in a White Paper published earlier this week, generally receiving a positive response. But are there still elephants in the room? Professor T J Simpson, in a letter to the Editor of i … Continue reading → 0

Is the proposed EU-US trade agreement doomed?

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 14:31
We have updated an article that was first published in 2013. The new US President has said he wishes to renegotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), signed but not yet ratified. Does this mean the proposed EU-US trade agreement, known as … Continue reading → 1

The euro – decimal all ways

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 17:22
It has now been 15 years since the launch of euro notes and coins on 1 January 2002. While UKMA takes no position on the euro, the anniversary of the introduction of euro notes and coins gives an opportunity to … Continue reading → 0

Planned upgrades to the SI

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 11:41
We kick off 2017 with an article for metric geeks. But before imperial enthusiasts jump in to claim this shows how impractical metric units are, it should be pointed out that since 1963 (for mass and length) and 1985 (for volume), … Continue reading → 0

Should auld acquaintance be forgot

Sat, 12/31/2016 - 14:36
We take a look at the past year on Metric Views and speculate about what the future holds. The past year was one of the most active on Metric Views with forty articles posted, and 750 comments received from around sixty … Continue reading → 2

Rio 2016, a showcase for the metric system

Sat, 12/17/2016 - 12:06
As 2016 draws to a close, we look at one of the institutions that benefits from an international and universal measurement system – the Olympic Games. Rio 2016 consisted of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. It took place between 5 August … Continue reading → 0

Imperial on the surface, metric beneath

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 13:05
Following on from his article about the far-reaching influence of the measurement units used on road traffic signs, Ronnie Cohen now takes a look at the signs themselves and the roads they complement. Despite our roads being predominantly signed in imperial units, … Continue reading → 0