If kids were taught the conversions from a young age - as a piece of general knowledge - then I don't see why this should be a problem at all. It seems like a lot of hassle really and like anyone is really going to change anyway. My grandad still works everything out in shillings and pence, and that's been gone for yonks.
People who don't want to change to the metric system are simply proclaiming to the world that they are too stupid to understand the new units. If the rest of the bloody world (except the Americans) use the metric system then why shouldn't we?
As for all the complete bull **** about losing our independance, you people need to get a life.
yer but what about shops that are becoming private clubs you pay like 1p for lifetime membership and can buy stuff in imperial
Imperial is inconvenient. We live in a world built on the decimal base, so the metric system is only right to apply.
I agree we need to shift to metric, but slowly, a lot of people (the majority of the population) only understand imperial, so to ban the measurement in just five years is ridiculous.
And please, some traditions people hang on to just halt progress. Down with imperial measurements, down with monarchy (err best keep that one down)...
i really hate the road signs in feet and yards and whatever. i can cope with miles but i never got the hang of the other distances..
If only we didn't have ten finger.
Then we might have started using a different base.
There's no need to change.
Everyone will still ask for a 'pint' though. They can't stop people doing that. If they do they are just, in the words of Alan Patridge, "saaaad".
Whilst I resent being forced to do anything by the EU, metric is much nicer and I'll be happy to use it.