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The light and the dark

November 24, 2016 22:57

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.

November 24, 2016 22:57

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