18 comments on “Why we shouldn\’t have double summer time

  1. Wouldn’t it be a nice idea to mention it around a few places such as CiF and various other places where the intelligence quotient is on the lowish side and see how far it gets. It would probably get a bit further than the front door. Maybe the end of the path! 😉 🙂 😮

  2. No need to bother about changing the clocksWhy doesn’t Scotland just do everything at a different time? Work, schools, TV and radio broadcasts. This has been pointed out in the past, but not in the last few days. Even easier with digital tv, proliferation of channels and easy recording and time shifting. Somebody tell me what the problem is,

  3. Tim,

    A recent edition of ‘Private Eye’, 1281 I think, had a very interesting ‘In the City’ which applies just as well to this matter as to its ostensible subject, why the bankers won’t ever make good their threat to leave.

    Broadly, the article wrote that London’s geographical position gave it an excellent trading position between the Far East and the USA rading timezones. Not in London, no advantage. Presumably, that position would be weakened be abandoning GMT in favour of Central European Time. Are there any business figures out there supporting this?

  4. Has anybody every considered moving the clocks 2 hours in March and October rather than just 1 hour? We’d get the benefit of longer evenings in the summertime but the daylight hours in the rest of the year would be exactly as they are now.

  5. I think we should change the clocks forward two hours every spring, but then only put them back one hour every autumn. That way, we’d get nice days in summer, but the winters wouldn’t be quite so grim.

  6. FE: little uncomfortable after 7 or 8 years, don’t you think? it’d put everyone on Singapore time. Unless you mean putting the clocks back 3 hours (to zero-1) in the autumn, and forward 3 in spring, which sounds miserable: national jetlag.

  7. Presumably, that position would be weakened be abandoning GMT in favour of Central European Time.

    Currently:
    0800 London = 1600 Singapore (c.2 working hours overlap)
    0800 New York = 1300 London (c.5 working hours overlap)

    If we were under CET:
    0800 London = 1500 Singapore (c.3 working hours overlap)
    0800 New York = 1400 London (c.4 working hours overlap).

    In other words, being under CET would put London in a better position to deal with Asian markets, while still maintaining a substantial overlap with New York.

    It’d shaft communication with the West Coast a bit, but since it barely has an FS industry that isn’t much of a problem.

  8. If the idea is to fit in with CET, they are fucked.

    Because Germany, Austria, Belgium, France, Holland, and all of Scandinavia are either considering changing to GMT, or not changing the clocks at all. Poland and Czekoslovakia (Or whatever they are called this week), along with the Baltic states are considering either not changing, GMT, or MOSCOW (!) time. And Spain, Italy and Greece don’t know what time it is any way.

    This was reported in a few newspapers, and sites here about two years ago.

    Maybe some one should tell “Dave” commyron?

  9. Oh. And ALL of them have also thrown the idea of keeping changing the clocks as it already is, into the pot as well.

  10. John B said:

    It’d shaft communication with the West Coast a bit, but since it barely has an FS industry that isn’t much of a problem.

    If the euros and the lefties get their way neither will London and that would make the debate really academic.

  11. Euros: no. Well, some EU countries think FS IS BAD, but both the UK and France are fervently opposed to further regulation (Paris has a massive trading industry, against all stereotypes) and so it ain’t gonna happen.

    Lefties: well, yes, in the same “true but unhelpful analytically” terms that if some of the righties get their way, then the fire brigade will be privatised. Extremists want it; they ain’t gonna get it; end of.

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