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IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME

By Pete Moore On October 25th, 2020

I wouldn’t; I wouldn’t turn it back or forward.

The clocks went back last night. It’s not so much of a faff nowadays because a lot of timepieces change automatically. At least we are back on GMT, which is the correct time according to the UK’s longitude. It’s too much to expect that the government will do the sensible thing and now leave it there. We change the time twice a year because, well only because we change the clocks twice a year.

I’ve never heard a sensible explanation as to why. We only started doing it because MPs panicked in 1916 when the Kaiser did it in an attempt to make the German war effort more productive. I think that threat has passed now, but still we continue with this pointless charade which puts us on the wrong time for six months out of twelve.

It doesn’t change the amount of daylight we receive. Sunrise, sunset and Noon are still unalterable facts of nature, but down here politicians imagine they can tweak and improve on this.

14 Responses to “IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME”

  1. yeah looking forward to March 28th 2021 already, i hate the dark afternoons – feel robbed
    next sat/sun is a bigger weekend all souls / all saints celebrating that with a double mass
    been roped into evensong that day too – such is the fate of the tireless choristers
    but am sure you’d approve of all that mr petem

    funnily enough its also time for a change in the USA
    not not the election – silly that’s a still a week ahead
    but isn’t it time just to give up on control of the virus as USA admin have done today
    worth a thread if you guys can manage it
    I would guess that several here would agree with Meadows: WH chief of staff

    THe American conservative argument of “the pandemic can’t be controlled so let’s not bother doing anything about it (even though other nations have had great success controlling it) is the same line of nonsense they’ve tried to sell us on climate change and gun control.
    in a word “surrender”

  2. Yes. That daily mail article today about daylight saving was interesting wasn’t it Pete.

  3. I have never understood why we change the time here, either.

    It makes no sense to me.

    I would get rid of it And just keep the same standard 12 months out of the year

  4. No Dave. The Mail on Sunday piece was interesting though. It said everything I think.

  5. The Internet tells me that Hawaii and Arizona do not observe daylight savings time

    Good for them

  6. I agree Phantom, it makes absolutely no sense to me either.
    And I struggle to adjust to the time changes.

  7. I have never understood why we change the time here, either.

    I believe Franklin proposed it so that the farmers day was more in sunlight year round…..

    When in a War footing the US Military operates Worldwide on what is called ZULU Time, which is Greenwich Mean Time.

  8. In the 1970s we experimented with staying on summer time and not putting the clocks back at the end of October. I’m old enough to remember going to school in the dark but of course the evenings were brighter. The experiment was abandoned due to whinging from the Scots (sunrise in Edinburgh at 10.00 AM in December-January) and the farmers and the building trade who both demanded the right to start work at 8.00 AM at the latest.

    The argument for going forward an hour in March is that daylight would be wasted because very few get up at 5 AM. I used to be dead against the self-inflicted darkness at 4.30 PM but maybe its something that we should have a referendum on. Seriously.

  9. I’ve never fully understood that farmers argument

    If You wish to work when the sun is shining, and the sunrise Is at 5 30 AM, start working at 5 39 AM.

    Here, More city people than you might think are working at 6 AM or so, And significant numbers of construction workers on big jobs start at 7 AM ( which suits them fine, Since they drive in when there is little traffic and leave work early )

  10. Yes, but polls show that a big majority would prefer an extra hour of daylight in the evening, all year round. Very few people regularly start work before 8.00 AM and many of those who do work indoors anyway. This is a tail wagging the dog scenario.

    But the fair way to settle it in the UK would be by a referendum. Both sides make their case, the voters get educated and the voters decide. We could keep the status-quo (forward in March, backward in October), or stay on GMT all year (sunrise would be at 4 AM in mid-summer) or stay on summertime (GMT + 1) all year, avoiding darkness at 4 PM in December-January but with late sunrises.

  11. A tip of the hat for a good headline, good lead sentence, and good article.

  12. I never worked a normal 9-5 shift and up until the last couple of years I was NOT an early riser….. now I just don’t sleep.

    The changing of the clocks never bothered me one way or another.

  13. I was a normal late riser, but by force of will I changed to an early riser, and I’m glad that I did it.

    The morning, city or country, is a fine time to be up and about. You get stuff done. And you hear the birds, etc.

  14. “It’s not so much of a faff nowadays because a lot of timepieces change automatically. ”

    Well there’s a kind of hierarchy. There’s the phone, computer and a couple of other things which do it on their own. At the other end of the scale there is stuff like the car, oven – those go straight in the too hard basket and can just have the wrong time for up to half of the year. And then there’s the microwave which is never right, and the digital camera which is set to the wrong time in the time zone of your last holiday, and you only twig it when you’ve already taken 30 cracking photos somewhere else.