Magazine article The Spectator

Banned Wagon

Magazine article The Spectator

Banned Wagon

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BUTCHERS and greengrocers aren't the only ones heading for a life behind bars should they refuse to obey the new metrication laws which came into effect on 1 January. The rules forbidding the sale of loose goods by imperial weights also apply to the sale of goods by imperial volumes and lengths. What if you happen to have an old house with imperial-sized floorboards and you need to replace a section, or if you need to replace some imperial-sized bolts? 'You are entitled to go to a wood merchant and ask for imperial sizes, but they must sell you the nearest metric equivalent,' says a spokesman for the DTL Too bad if you trip up on the resulting lumps and bumps.

But it is the aircraft industry which faces the gravest problems. No one ever died because they bought the wrong quantity of sprouts, but who would want to be an engineer servicing an American plane - they are still built to imperial units - now that the sale of imperial-sized spare parts is banned? …

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