The following two pieces are taken from the Mail on Sunday (courtesy of Lufthansa) picked up when I flew via Frankfurt to Linz. It made lightly fascinating reading, is typical of the
mail papers, trying to start a “crusade”, a rant about bureaucracy and, just perhaps over-egging the pudding:
“Metric Zealots axe 600-year-old rules on allotments
Town hall bureaucrats were last night accused of “officiousness for its own sake” in forcing thousands of allotment holders nationwide to scrap
imperial measurements and go metric.
For generations, allotment sizes have been defined using a 600 year old system of “rods” also known as “poles” or “perches”, equivalent to5.5 yards. In the
past few weeks, however, thousands of gardeners have received rent renewal notices informing them of the switch. A typical site of ten poles will now be
registered as 253 square metres.
Strangely neither central nor local government can agree on who ordered the…
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