Comment on BNP Manifesto 2010 : Foreign Policy: Putting British Interests First by David.

“- Support the overwhelming majority of the British people in their desire to keep the Pound and our traditional weights and measures.”

I can see an argument for keeping the pound. If we had economic equity across Europe, so every EU country had a similar economy so when we went under one currency no country would either benefit or be hurt switching currencies, maybe. We are no where near that scenario, so as long as our economy is relatively strong compared to the other EU states (and it is) we shouldn’t go into the Euro.

Now if we were a country like Greece or Italy, we should jump at the Euro as the other members of the currency would have to prop up our economy to stop the currency falling, but as we have a strong economy, NO THANK YOU, lets keep the pound and the ability to manage our economy with it.

What I don’t understand is why the BNP want to keep our “traditional weights and measures”?

Other than sentimental reasons there’s no good reason to stick with measures like the lb and the inch that are difficult to work with.

Obviously there are elderly people that will have difficultly in adapting, so we use both until a time the vast majority of people understand the new system. The metric system is far easier to work with and it makes a lot of sense to standardise measurements across the world.

Then there’s measures like the pint that we use in pubs and should be kept as it’s similar to how we call a vacuum cleaner a Hoover. Easily solved, by listing what a pint is in litres like we have on 4 pint milk bottles in supermarkets. What’s the big deal?


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