|A clock, yesterday. 8.22 yesterday in fact.|
William Willet incidentally was a builder and quite why his pamphlet attracted so much attention is unknown though he was the great grandfather of Coldplay singer Chris Martin and they had a hit with a song called `Clocks`. Just thought I’d mention that uncanny fact. Anyway the advantages of the change are said to reduce traffic accidents and crime as well as make people feel better about more light in the evenings. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents even reckons we should move back two hours in the summer and one hour in the winter to reduce road deaths. Have they not seen how some people drive during the summer? On the other hand you do lose an hour’s sleep on the night it happens and it’s darker when you get up which people are probably less happy about whereas in the autumn you gain an hour.
Next year will mark the 100th anniversary of the introduction of British Summer Time and that could be an ideal moment to scrap it. We should leave our measure of time to click on unchanged by weather or seasons because that is what time is, one moment after another. It isn’t ours to change.