神秘内容 Loading...
Monday July 21,2008
By Gabriel Milland Political Correspondent

THE acre is set to be banned after the EU announced that Labour has agreed to the abolition of yet another part of the British way of life.

The traditional unit of land size will go the way of the pound, gallon and inch in the list of forbidden units of measurement.

The Government’s surrender – buried in the small print of an EU document last week – could also make it more likely that miles will be removed from road signs in favour of the kilometre.

Shadow Europe Minister Mark Francois said the acre should stay and the British people should be able to decide how they want to calculate the size of a field or building plot.

He added: “Whether we use hectares or acres should be a matter for Britain to decide, not the EU. Once again this weak Labour Government has meekly given up yet another of Britain’s rights to Brussels.”

Virtually all land in the UK is sold in acres. The official Land Registry also uses acres. But from January 1, 2010 all official documents and advertisements in Britain and Ireland will have to refer to land in metric hectares instead.

The move was agreed at a meeting of the EU’s agriculture and fisheries committee. Other EU nations sent full cabinet ministers to Brussels but Britain was only represented by the low-ranking Jonathan Shaw, the Minister for Rural Affairs.


The size of an acre was first regulated in English law under Edward I, who ruled from 1272 to 1307. An acre was originally the amount of land capable of being ploughed by one man and an ox in a single day.

Britain’s EU membership has already meant the disappearance of pounds and ounces prompting “metric martyrs” like market trader Neil Herron to risk going to jail rather than sell bananas by the kilo. (来源:专业英语学习网站 http://www.EnglishCN.com)

The acre was supposed to be protected with the mile, the troy ounce and the pint.

Only America, Liberia and Burma still resist the metric system.
 
神秘内容 Loading...

你可能对下面的文章也感兴趣:

·中国网民数居世界首位 China has world's largest
·奥运还有百万门票可得 1 million Olympic tickets
·Large Hadron Collider 大型强子对撞机试验
·China confirms third space mission will launch
·法新社:Chinese astronaut completes nation's f
·开车时发短信比酒后驾车更危险
·美元的起源 The origin of dollar
·微软买雅虎 Microsoft finds inside resistance
·20本英文书点亮你的人生智慧
·二十一世纪写好合同的五十招

上一篇:Property prices slow down a bit  
下一篇:翻译过程的方向
[推荐] [返回顶部] [打印本页] [关闭窗口]