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Rant: Get rid of Daylight Saving Time

I normally avoid commenting on political matters but this one annoys me from a purely selfish perspective…

I read recently that the UK Govt is considering a move to double sumertime, which it’s important to point out has nothing to do with double rainbows. I can’t quite make my mind up about it in terms of this change, it’ll make it easier to work with Europe but put use yet another hour away from the US.

I don’t see why we need to do it at all. Like Income tax, Daylight Saving Time (DST)  was introduced during wartime and never repealed (ok, that’s not entirely true, income tax was repealed and reinstated a few times as wars came and went, the last time it was reintroduced was to deal with a defecit in 1842). I don’t think we need to change timezone at all, if people in some industries want to use the daylight more then why don’t they personally adjust their sleeping patterns? I’m rubbish at dealing with time zone changes, jet lag and sleep generally. Changing DST just tires me out and makes me grumpy.

I’d like to see us dump DST entirely and just stick with the same timezone all year around, like the Russians are doing. Let’s look at the impact of dropping DST in Russia and then see if it’s worth doing here too.

/rant

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2 responses to “Rant: Get rid of Daylight Saving Time

  1. Ben Burger November 6, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    actually a lot of countries don’t use dst anymore or never did in the first place. I live in Canada, Saskatchewan doesn’t have it anymore, the rest of the country should follow their lead.

  2. mikemacd November 7, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Good to hear, are there any issues with dealing with other countries that do keep changing their time zones? That’s the only downside I can see.

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