Plans to reinstate imperial measurements have drawn controversy due to allegations of a biasedeven government review, even though it was supposed to be one of Brexit's sure-fire victories.
Government consultations were held over the summer by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), which is now under the leadership of Jacob Rees-Mogg. Ministers were eager to initiate a review to reinstate imperial measurements, such as pounds and ounces. However, something seemed to be lacking from the queries.
If given the option, would you prefer to buy items: I in imperial units; ii) in imperial units and with a metric equivalent?
No other choices were presented.
Officials advised respondents who preferred the current metric system to email the department or express their opinions in one of the survey's text areas.
Last week, the BBC Radio 4 program More or Less brought attention to worries about the survey and online criticism of it.
This poll is being punted out by BEIS, a Twitter user wrote. The words almost slither off the page because of how skewed it is.
The category that you would prefer metric only is missing, according to Dr. Pamela Campanelli, a local government consultant on survey methodologies. We'll receive a biased response since respondents must select an option.
They appear to be attempting to shape or direct the reactions in their favor because they want people to return to the imperial system.
Late in the 18th century, France adopted the metric system, and a Decimalization Association was established in Britain in 1841 to advocate for a new system of measurements and money. Although metrication was suggested for Britain in a standards committee report from the 1860s, it took another 100 years before a government board was established in 1969 to promote and coordinate metrication.
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