The light and the dark

By Simon Rocker
November 10, 2010

Every few years, there is a renewed campaign to change our clocks in winter.
Instead of putting back the clocks in autumn, as we did just the other week, we should allow an extra hour of morning darkness in order to enjoy an extra hour of daylight in the evening. For one thing, it would reduce traffic accidents after school, say the proponents.
The move has always been opposed by a variety of different interest groups from Scottish farmers to the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations. If dawn dawned later in winter, then it would be hard for observant Jews to recite the morning service before going to work.
But while previous attempts to move the clocks have been seen off, I detect growing support for the idea.
Those who want to keep things as they are might have to lobby harder this time.



Wed, 11/10/2010 - 12:15

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I think lighter evenings are great - especially in summer. So tell the Scottish farmers that cows and sheep can't read clocks.
Bit more of a problem for observant Jews (and Moslems). For those in west of Scotland, dusk in mid summer would be nearly midnight so a tricky Friday night!
Judaic rules were designed for the middle east where day and night are more or less equal all through the year.
Simon, you need to find out how they cope in Alaska or Norway. There must be observant Jews living there!


Wed, 11/10/2010 - 12:42

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Maybe there's less kerfuffle this year because Scotland is now self-ruling and the farmers just don't have much power any more.


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