Government and Institutions

Stay on British Summer Time to avoid blackouts and strike a blow to Putin

Christopher Snowdon writes in The Spectator

IEA Head of Lifestyle Economics Christopher Snowdon has written in The Spectator advocating for an end to the annual October clock change.

Christopher wrote:

“One peculiarity of the current system is that the clocks go back seven weeks before the shortest day (21 December) but do not go forward until thirteen weeks after it. On the day before the clocks go back, the sun rises at 7:48 a.m. The day before they go forward, the sun rises at 5:52 a.m. This ludicrous imbalance, which makes March unnecessarily gloomy, has always existed but was made worse when the EU pushed daylight savings time back to the end of March. At the very least, the British government should consider moving it forward to February.”

Christopher also rebutted advocates of changing clocks and permanent Greenwich Mean Time, writing:

“Veteran journalist and BST-sceptic Peter Hitchens, who accuses ‘clock fiddlers’ of ‘mass deception’, says that if people like daylight so much they should get up earlier. The obvious rebuttal is that he should stay up later. Thanks to office hours, train timetables, TV schedules and so on, no one can fully free themselves from the official time. For most people, an hour of sunlight from 6pm is worth more than an hour’s sunlight from 6am.”

The full article can be read here.