Talk to People’s Campaign to Keep the Pound 15 July 2002

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ACTIVE RESISTANCE TO METRICATION –

Main points:

  1. WHY?
    Metric plans cost, disruption
    Decimalisation
    Metric – litres, grams, kilograms, now pint and mile. 1980 Directive
    Metrication of loose goods  E.U. law
    History of metric  French revolution, compulsion – France 1840s, resistance in U.S.
    Disconnects us from human traditions.
    Popular support. Weight of Public Opinion, ICM survey
    The Law.
    Traffic Signs Regulations 1994
    Highways Act 1980
  2. WHO ARE WE?
    Guard the Yard campaign
    First meeting
    Code names. Hundredweight, Wun Ton etc.
    Join:
    A Convert a distance
    B Donate
    C Buy a set of 10 postcards
  3. WHAT HAVE WE BEEN DOING, AND WHERE HAVE WE BEEN DOING IT?
    Northampton
    Islington
    Kent
    Ely
    Portsmouth & Hastings
    Annual Social – Birmingham Canal Network
    1,500 demetrications
  4. THE FUTURE?
    More conversions
    Keep the Mile Campaign
    Direct action  People’s Campaign posters