Metric Martyrs Defence Fund
30th August 2005
"Fat Chance Gunter...You'd lose by a mile"
Following lobbying from unnamed groups, Brussels officials over the past few weeks have made a fresh attempt to get the Brits in line with the rest of Europe in using the metric system, UK media report.
"We are in touch with the UK about how they want to do it", a spokesman for industry commissioner Gunter Verheugen was quoted as saying."In legal terms it is clear they have committed themselves to the metric system...now we have to see how to deal with it", he said to the Sunday Times.
At a time when the 'European Project' has just received a double body blow following France and Holland's rejection of the European Constitution, and the Government was embarrassingly forced to abandon holding a referendum in this country, European Commissioner Gunter Verheugen most certainly knows how to put his twelve inch foot in it.
His statements will cause Downing Street to cringe and scurry for cover. After the bloody nose they got last time (only four prosecutions in five years despite millions of offences being committed daily under the Metrication Regulations and Price Marking Orders) the last thing that they will want to face is another 'metric' battle.
Neil Herron, Campaign Director of the Metric Martyrs' Defence Fund states, " Any government that decides it is going to take away the British working man's pint will be committing political suicide. Yet again, these statements by an unelected and unaccountable Commissioner highlight the absurd position of having our own laws made by people outside the bounds of our own accountable democracy. The spotlight needs to be shone on our own elected representatives in Westminster who have allowed this unbelievable state of affairs to exist.
If Gunter wishes to have a bet that we will replace the pint with the litre in British pubs, I predict he will lose by a mile.
And to the Labour Government...come and have a go...we are rolling our sleeves up ready for you."
Would be interesting, in the interests of transparency of course, to find out which 'un-named groups' have been doing the lobbying.
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Tuesday, August 30, 2005
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