Carry daylight home in a jar

Britain will elect a new Parliament next month, and both parties have hinted that the UK’s version of Daylight Saving Time is about to get heavier:

[B]oth Labour and the Tories are considering including in their election manifestos a plan to move British clocks permanently forward by one hour. Thus, at present the country lives on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) in the winter and [the last Sunday in March] will leap forward to British Summer Time (GMT+1). Under the new proposals, there would be no reversion to GMT this autumn, after which the usual cycle would resume. Britain would move between GMT+1 for winter and GMT+2 for summer.

Emalyse says this is a “fanciful notion”:

… which would see many Scottish schoolchildren see the sunrise whilst in their classrooms and experience an 11:10pm sunset in the summer months. As far as I’m concerned can we please just adopt one time over the entire year and stick with it? Maybe I can adopt GMT+2 myself and just force everyone else to adapt to my personal timezone.

Or, conversely, why stop at one hour?

Why don’t we move the calendar forward by two weeks in the spring, and back two weeks in the autumn. Then we would get an extra month of summer!

It makes exactly as much sense.


  1. Ed Flinn »

    7 April 2010 · 8:16 am

    It wouldn’t be the first time the UK has gone GMT+2.

  2. McGehee »

    7 April 2010 · 10:06 am

    I really would like to see the U.S. time zones simply adopt a year-round plus-:30 standing. Split the difference and eliminate the dadgum clock changing.

  3. Old Grouch »

    8 April 2010 · 1:27 pm

    The UK’s problem is that they’re so far north that they don’t have enough hours of daylight during the winter: c.a. 8 hours in London, 7 hours in Glasgow. No matter how you shove that around, there’ll be at least one commute in the dark.

    I was amused by the comments slagging “Scottish farmers.” In late June London gets almost 17 hours sunrise-to-sunset, with sunsets as late as 8:20 even without DST. (Although their sunrise is 3:45, so maybe they feel all that sunlight before 6am is wasted.) In Glasgow they get another hour of full sunlight, with a no-DST sunset at 9:06 and civil twilight ending almost an hour later.

    The Scots should probably stay on GMT: Their latest sunrise would be at 8:48 and their earliest sunset at 3:51. Not a lot that you can do with that!

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