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Thursday, 24 February 2011

Time Clock of the Heart

The biggest load of twat since going decimal, two times zones in the UK.

Could the UK work with two different time zones? ANSWER IS NO

What half-wit even thought of it?

Plans to change UK time to improve tourism have been floated but have prompted objections in Scotland. So why couldn't Scotland and the rest of the UK have different time zones? And what are the other logistical issues?

Moving the UK's clocks forward has always been controversial. Now the government's new tourism strategy, due out in the next few weeks, is expected to suggest "double summertime" (DST) why are we paying these half-wits, just leave the time alone.

It would see clocks move forward by an hour from GMT in the winter and a further hour in the summer, to match Central European Time, meaning lighter nights but darker mornings this is England it’s not Europe leave the time alone.

MP Rebecca Harris is championing such changes in the Daylight Saving Bill in Parliament. She says the move would allow an extra 235 hours of daylight after work every year and deliver benefits including 100 fewer deaths from road crashes annually.

Sir Michael Black-Feather the English first minister said; If Rebecca wants fewer roads deaths, changing England’s time line is not the answer I have never heard of anything so ridiculous, well apart from the lockless monster?

If this British Government really had public safety at its best interests, then a real crack-down, far harder penalties on speeding and dangerous drivers are the answer which they now call antisocial driving?

Speeding and carelessness driving needs to be addressed with more and more cars on are roads, to get the message home to half the idiots behind car string wheels it’s not going to be tolerated, its costs the English tax payers billions of pounds each year, in Doctors, hospitals and staff, police, fire crews, road jams, ect, which is mainly down to speeding yes everyone speed the old 5 mph over the limits, even I have, driving to what the road conditions allow?

But when you get the half-witted idiots doing in excess of 85 to over 100 mph on any and all types of road these are the one we need off our road, bigger fines, £100 for every mile an hours over the limit, on the spot suspensions of licences, and once this starts to sin k in, then speeding by most like drink driving will hopefully be a thing of the past.

There should also be the second tine your caught speeding an immediate 30 day suspension, and the third time, 12 months suspension £1000 fine and lose your car, plus re-sit the complete driving test, because you haven’t learnt to drive in the correct manner, when a punishment like this makes you think, the chances are you won’t commit the crime, yes of course you’re always going to get the ones that will speed regardless, as you do with  drink drivers, but they do and will eventually get caught and we hope it’s before they kill someone innocent, drink driving has gone down over the past years as its seen as anti-social and the risks of getting caught and a driving ban are too higher stakes for most driver, and this should also now apply to speeding.

It would save English tax payers millions of pounds which could be far better spent in saving service rather than cutting, If you’re not a speeder this law won’t affect you? 

It would save £200m a year for the NHS because of fewer accidents, it won’t boost English/British tourism revenue by £3.5bn As being said it would, being we are still in a recession and many people won’t come into England because of the threat of terrorism, and it won’t reduce carbon dioxide emissions through people leaving lights and heating off, it is claimed, if it’s cold you put on the heating regardless of what time it is?.

No DST victory for Churchill it's been debated repeatedly over the years and has even been tried twice, albeit temporarily. The clocks were moved forward by an hour during World War II, to maximise productivity at munitions factories and ensure people got home safely before the blackout.

It was again tried between 1968 and 1971. But after complaints in Scotland and northern England, and sensible English MPs at the time voted to end the experiment said Sir Michael.

Distinguished advocates over the years have included Sir Winston Churchill which was in aid of the war effort, but what are the logistical implications of changing the clocks absolutely stupid?

The Scotland argument for years the case in favour of DST has struggled because of Scotland. If it was introduced some of the northern-most areas would not see daylight until 10am during the winter months. Opponents argue this would increase accidents and make farmers' lives harder which it would.

So could Scotland have a different time zone? It's been suggested several times over the years, but never been taken seriously. The list of objections includes the havoc it would cause to traveling timetables, working times, and the UK-wide TV schedule. And what if you worked in one nation and lived in the other, which just goes to show Ms Harris it not think with the thing she has wobbling around in her skull which most of us it’s called a brain?

People in Scotland are worried about children walking to school and so should England.

Sir Michael said; it’s been said that Russia and other large countries survive with multiple time zones. In the US some states operate on different times. The southern part of Idaho is an hour in front of the northern part. People learn to factor in the difference and eventually it becomes automatic. Travel timetables are always shown in local time and when meetings are arranged - for work or pleasure - people add "your time" or "my time" to clarify, well there are very big differences with those countries to the UK the size for a start and there points on the equator and England has never really had any problems so why try and fix something that ant broken and that..  “Will cost tax payers at the end of the day billons of pounds not save them, just think of all the changes company’s would have to make, and who’s getting the bills the tax payers and consumers that’s who.    

The Prime Minister David Cameron said that he agreed with Sir Michael comments and he is determined to keep Britain a "united time zone". Alasdair Allan, SNP MSP for the Western Isles in Scotland, is also against the idea because it would alienate Scotland and make commutes across the border difficult.

Even those in favour of DST are against different time zones, arguing Scotland has the most to gain from change.

Dr Mayer Hillman, who has campaigned for daylight saving for the past 40 years, recently researched what the implications would be for Scotland for the Policy Studies Institute (PSI). He says Scotland would benefit more than the rest of the UK in terms of the economy. He estimates an extra £300m would be generated from tourism and 7,000 new jobs created.

The most serious criticism of DST is that darker mornings will mean more accidents, especially among children walking to school. When the change was made between 1968 and 1971 it did result in more deaths on the roads in the dark mornings, a fact that was widely reported.

But it was more than offset by a reduction of accidents in the evenings, something that has never been as widely reported. Overall there was a net fall in deaths and injuries on the roads, but many still perceive DST to be more dangerous.

"There were a lot of misconceptions about the success of the experiment at the time and they still persist," says a spokeswoman for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), which supports DST.

"But if you read through studies done back then they clearly show an overall decrease in deaths on the road. Studies since have also concluded the change would save lives and we agree."

A recent report by the Transport Research Laboratory - called Road Safety Beyond 2010 - suggests a move to DST could reduce UK road deaths by 82 per year and serious injuries by about 212. It estimates that could save the government £1.4bn in terms of road safety benefits alone over 10 years.

Statistics also show there are over 50% more fatal and serious injuries on roads from November to February during peak afternoon times among adults, compared with the morning rush, says Dr Hillman. When it comes to children there are three times as many.

In the past farmers have been "fingered" as influential opponents of DST, says the National Farmers' Union (NFU). But it's not the case now. It takes a neutral stance to the proposals and says if anything, slightly more of its members are in favour of change.

Milking is done mainly indoors these days

The NFU of England and Wales has no strong views on whether we should or should not put the clocks forward," says NFU director of policy Martin Haworth. "The last time we tested opinion among our members there was a narrow majority in favour of lighter evenings."

NFU Scotland takes a neutral stance too, but says there are concerns among rural communities about losing light in the mornings.

Significant changes in farming mean many of the arguments previously used are now redundant. Yes, dairy farmers still get up early to milk cows, but the animals are mostly kept indoors during winter and milked in artificially lit parlours. Daylight doesn't matter. Attitudes to DST largely depend on what people do on their farms, says the NFU.

"Whether extra daylight would be more beneficial in the morning or the evening depends very much on the work pattern on each individual farm," says Mr Haworth.

When it comes to tourism, there are strong arguments for changing the clocks. The extra hours of afternoon daylight will boost tourism revenue to the tune of £3.5bn in the UK and generate around 8,000 new jobs, according to a 2008 PSI report on the issue.

For companies dealing with clients abroad, moving in line with other European countries has obvious benefits. A report done by the Greater London Authority said a change to DST would provide 40% more business time overlap with the continent for businesses in the City and enable people to attend morning meetings in Europe without staying overnight. This also applies to many businesses outside London.

"It's barmy that a great trading city like London is so out of kilter with the rest of Europe," says London Mayor Boris Johnson.

It would also provide more working time in the morning for trading with Asian markets.

But pushing the UK an hour eastwards would narrow the opportunity to speak to companies in the US, especially the West Coast, which would be nine or 10 hours behind the UK.

Much of Scotland's trade is also with Europe and is worth £15bn to the Scottish economy annually, says the PSI report on the implications for the nation. The time difference reduces efficiency for companies, it adds.

People don't like getting up in the dark
For many people it doesn't matter how many hours of extra daylight they get in the afternoon, it's the extra darkness in the morning that is the issue.

"You see it when the clocks change now, in the winter people think 'oh, God' and in the spring their mood is uplifted," says Dr Hillman. But he argues daylight hours in the morning are usually wasted anyway, because we aren't up or are just getting ready to go out. The extra daylight hours in the afternoon can be better used.

 It is harder to wake up if it's dark outside
Mr Allan says he understands the motivations of campaigners, who want DST, but it is massively unpopular in Scotland and a lot of that is down to waking up in the dark.

"I recognise many of the benefits, like boosting the tourist industry and it staying lighter longer in the day," he says. "But there just isn't an appetite for change in Scotland and much of that is because people don't like getting up in the dark on winter mornings. I have to listen to what constituents are saying to me."

And it's not just because humans are lazy, we're built that way. The sleep body clock is orientated towards daylight and sensitive to it, says Prof Jim Horne of the Sleep Research Centre at Loughborough University.

"Biologically we're designed to wake up with the sunrise. If we do, it resets the body clock, makes us more alert and happier. It's more of a struggle to wake up if it's dark. That has psychological implications, we are gloomier."

“Harries No keep you dirty little paws of our clock’s

1 comment:

  1. I am completely impressed! Keep stuff like this coming.