Double British Summer Time

  TopCat® 19:43 14 Mar 2010

Apparently a growing campaign to get the government to adopt DBST in Britain is gaining strength. "Ahead of British Tourism week, which starts on Monday, industry leaders claim the move could be worth £3.5 billion a year to the economy, with 80,000 new jobs created because attractions would be able to stay open later..." click here Gordon Brown himself says it could produce 'real' economic benefits and that the plan was already under review.

Such a move would also bring us into a time line with countries such as France, Germany and Spain; a definite help to many businesses, especially when the Brits are away from their desks around our lunchtime.

The benefits to such a move are many, in my opinion, but does anyone on here have reason to object to it and why? TC.

  g0slp 19:51 14 Mar 2010

How about it not getting light until later in the day, and also that the Greenwich Meridian passes through the UK? As for us then being on the same time as most of mainland Europe, so what? The USA manages on a few time zones, as does Australia & Russia. Would Portugal change too? They're further west than the UK...

  canarieslover 20:06 14 Mar 2010

As a lad I remember it staying light until very late in the middle of summer. I didn't realise at the time that we were adjusting the clocks to be two hours in front of GMT and it was quite a few years afterwards that I actually found out why my childhood was blessed with long summer evenings. Quite honestly it doesn't matter to me now as I can go to bed when I like and rise when I like, but I think it would make for much better socialising in the summer, if nothing else. If it would also benefit the economy then lets go for it!!

  justme 20:20 14 Mar 2010

If business people are so concerned about them working at the same time as France, Germany, Spain etc then why don't they just adjust their working hours so that they start and finish one hour later.

This may also help Britain as it would spread the rush hour over a longer period which would help reduce congestion.

As for some attractions staying open longer why do they need sunlight as most of the attractions in the evening/night time are inside and do not benefit from longer evenings.

I admit that some (eg golf courses) may get more business but there are not many and it would do little to increase the financial status of Great Britain.

  Macscouse 22:14 14 Mar 2010

A lot of Americans come to Scotland to pay golf, spending a fortune to do so. When they come north to play Nairn and Dornoch, they complain that as the sun sets at 10:17pm in June, they don't like going to bed when it is still light. Bringing in double summer time would see sunset at 11:17pm. Not very nice, if you have to work the next day, trying to sleep whilst it is still light.

  peter99co 22:41 14 Mar 2010

I went on holiday and operated on "Boat Time" which suited the crew and took advantage of daylight hours to sail. When we came ashore at the end of the holiday we reset our watches to "Land Time"


Thanks for your observation about the 2 hour adjustment I did not know we had done that years ago.

  morddwyd 07:36 15 Mar 2010

I can remember it from WW2, but as I was a child it didn't matter too much to me.

I also remember the short experiment in the early 60s, when I was in Scotland.

Try having your afternoon coffee break when total darkness has fallen.

Might I point out that rather than GMT or DBST, we are currently in the Western European Time Zone, and the suggestion is that we move into the Central European Time Zone.

However, with the normal insular attitudes displayed by the Brits I suspect this is a non-starter!

  Quickbeam 08:15 15 Mar 2010

It's something that only suits the prosperous south east golf club set.

Dispensing with GMT was tried in the late '60s for a couple of years and resulted in the child accident rate soaring in the mornings.

Two viable options are that Scotland and the West Country have different time zones, or we just shorten winter time to 3 months as a compromise.

  canarieslover 08:48 15 Mar 2010

I believe it was a wartime introduction to give farmers more 'workable' time as food production was at a premium. Saved them from setting their alarm clocks an hour earlier, but isn't that what BST does for all of us?

  Bingalau 09:01 15 Mar 2010

To my knowledge farmers get up and work from dusk to dawn; golfers turn out at first light and the courses are still being played on in semi darkness no matter what time of the year. So I can't see there being any difference except to the little slave thing on people's wrists. So using farmers and golfers etc., is not on. I remember the war years too and as I was in the country as an evacuee, living in a farming community I don't remember it being of any benefit. Everybody worked every hour God sent anyway.

  tullie 09:32 15 Mar 2010

The farmers in my area work from dawn to dusk.

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