Sunday, March 26

Changing times

Well it is cold, windy wet and downright miserable in our green and (mostly) pleasant land. At 1 am (01.00 hrs GMT) British Summer Time (BST} began and the clocks in the Realm were advance one hour.

In a bid to boost the nations moral (and perhaps improve the weather) a three year trial of double summertime (last introduced during the Second World War) was introduced by Lord Tanlaw, a 'crossbencher'. Under Lord Tanlaw's Bill the clocks would not go back an hour in October but stay an hour ahead until next March. An other hour would then be added until the following October.The change would make the most of daylight hours by providing an extra hour of evening daylight throughout the year.

Lord Tanlaw said that the most compelling case for change was that the potential to save 100 lives on the UK's roads each year. He added that other pros included ''a deterrent to early evening crime and gaining £1bn a year in tourist revenue.''

The Bill received enthusiastic cross-party backing, but Lord Sainsbury a government minister and substantial donor to the Labour Party would not support the plans. The Bill did gain an unopposed second reading but without Government backing it has no chances of becoming law. A consideration of course is that if the UK were to be an extra hour a head of our European ''partners'' that would put the clocks back on the process of further integration into the European Union.

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