6 SEPTEMBER 1975, Page 5


Sir: How much one must support the verse on Metric Madness by Ogilvy Lane (August 23). The only objection is that those who ought to take notice Will not take such sentiments as seriously in verse as they would if expressed in turgid officialese. The impudence and presumption of the Metrication Board knows no bounds, and we are all being herded like sheep into the corner of the metrication fold, without protest or defence. At least the sheep would bleat loudly.

It is surprising, to say the least, that there has been no protest at the action of that well-respected public servant the Post Office in following up its adoption of metric linear measurements for telephone calls by imposing upon us, willy-nilly, metric weights for letters and parcels. There is at least some doubt whether the Post Office is acting legally in using any weights or measures other than those laid down by law and with which we are all familiar. Its action is certainly not in the interests of the public or, indeed, of anyone but the Metrication Board as it metricates us all by stealth. Let us remember that metrication has not been passed by Parliament, and so far as can be seen there is no wish for it, and much apprehension because of the decimalisation fiasco and its contribution to inflated prices.

Is there nothing we can do to stop the continued progress of the holeand-corner methods of the bureaucrats?

James Dandy 8 Felden Drive, Felden, Hemel Hempstead, Herts