Conference XX

Graham Booth….

I\’m retiring as an MEP at the end of this month for personal reasons.

But the final straw of EU interference has been the ban on our using acres. So I\’m going to find Gert Pottering in hte Parliament next week and I\’m going to kick him where it hurts. Leave him with two acres to remember me by.

11 thoughts on “Conference XX”

  1. Good riddance. Anyone who thinks that keeping the Imperial system of measures should be bloody well shot. It makes no logical sense, it makes no scientific sense and it doesn’t mean that you are somehow more “independent” if you insist on it.

    Australia has been using the metric system for years courtesy of not listening to wankers like Graham Booth.

  2. Brit in Aussie

    Whilst I agree with you that the metric system is an easier system to understand and manage (although i accept I could be biased given my upbringing in English state schools which only teach metric) The point of the matter is that using acres is to be made illegal. Not using something because a better/simpler system comes along is very sensible but banning a unit of measurement from being used is a very different kettle of fish and just shows how totalitarian our European masters are becoming, the next obvious steps are doing away with the mile, the pint and the foot/yard, obviously not all at the same time, but in 0.01 metre salami slices so we don’t notice it.

  3. Acres and other units are part of our identity. There is no useful purpose served in getting id of them as we all understand them. It is just about weakening the sens of national identity to allow the imposition of the EU identity on us. I have never once in my life heard anyone complain about using imperial measures.

  4. They want to get rid of them SIMPLY because they are part of the Anglo-American culture. If they could ban the use of the English language they would do so, and our politicians would probably agree to stop speaking it.

  5. Of course the acre isn’t being banned as such. All that has happened is that the legislation has been updated to reflect the fact that the Land Registry has been using hectares for many years.

    Perhaps shows where UKIP is when such a minor tidying measure leads to them threatening violence.

  6. Acres and other units are part of our identity.

    Crap. They’re a shibboleth that prevents Great Britain from growing up. The Anglo_Saxon culture in Australia doesn’t have a problem with the metric system because they’re not so pathetic as to imagine that the Imperial system is symbolic of resistance to foreign influence.

    It is just about weakening the sens of national identity to allow the imposition of the EU identity on us. I have never once in my life heard anyone complain about using imperial measures.

    Bullshit. If you work in engineering or science or pharmaceuticals or anything which involves measurment, they all use the metric system which has an _international_ standard and meaning.

    You should get out more.

    If Britons really believe that the ludicrous Imperial System is somehow part of the national identity then Great Britain is condemned to being irrelevant in the world. Such pathetic symbolism just makes Britons look retarded.

  7. If you work in engineering or science or pharmaceuticals or anything which involves measurment, they all use the metric system which has an _international_ standard and meaning.

    You’ve not worked with pipelines or process pipework, have you?

  8. “If Britons really believe that the ludicrous Imperial System is somehow part of the national identity then Great Britain is condemned to being irrelevant in the world.”

    If a majority in a referendum voted to scrap it, fair dos. We don’t, however, care for the imposition of such from outside, by unelected foreign dictators.

    I’d have thought that was something to be proud of…

  9. @Brit in Aussie, you’re making my point for me, and being a pompous arse at the same time! Thanks!

    “Bullshit. If you work in engineering or science or pharmaceuticals or anything which involves measurment, they all use the metric system which has an _international_ standard and meaning.”

    Exactly, dear, they already use the metric system in those industries where it is appropriate and useful, the EU is trying to change the way we use units in our everyday lives, units we undertand perfectly well and don’t need to change – unless of course, the idea is to remove the differences between the nations of Europe for other means. QED.

  10. 2They’re a shibboleth that prevents Great Britain from growing up. The Anglo_Saxon culture in Australia doesn’t have a problem with the metric system because they’re not so pathetic as to imagine that the Imperial system is symbolic of resistance to foreign influence.”

    It is much simpler than that. Why not leave this to the market? If people want to buy or sell X or Y in a certain unit of measurement, why does this have to be an issue for government at all? So long as there is no fraud, what’s the problem?

    I don’t regard the imperial measurement system as somehow an indelible feature of Britishness, although I am glad that it gets up the noses of the Europhiles so.

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