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Should daylight savings be abolished?

Daylight saving time begins this weekend – on Sunday we will “spring forward” an hour and officially begin British Summer Time. 

The annual tradition began in 1916 as a means of extending daylight hours in the evening, and since 1995 the dates of daylight savings have been standard across Europe.

While many of us accept it as a part of life, shifting the clocks forward in March and back in October can cause disruption to automated schedules, medical devices and timetables.

Though it’s practiced in the UK, Europe and North America, many other countries have abandoned the tradition, while countries close to the equator never used it at all.

In response to public opinion, the legislative bodies of the European Union voted to abolish daylight savings time in 2018; in 2021 countries in the EU will no longer practice it, instead keeping permanently to ‘winter’ or ‘summer’ hours.

What do you think? Should the UK also abolish daylight savings, or is this a worthwhile tradition? Share your views in the comments below.

 

 

Should daylight savings be abolished?

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VeraS
1 days ago
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Yes we should don't understand it if Scotland doesn't like it then let them use their own time clocks. Its always England that loses out
swaneldo
29th Apr 2019
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I never have and never will understand this. Why do we always think we know better than nature who is perfectly capable of sorting out light mornings / light evenings at the proper time without faffing about with GMT twice a year. It's just something which has been done for centuries and that's the only reason it still exists. Turn the clocks back to GMT in October then leave them there! If Europe wants to be in line with our time, let them change their clocks to GMT and leave us be.
powell808
27th Apr 2019
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I would happily see an end to GMT and stick with BST. I do understand that for Scotland it would give them very dark mornings in the winter, but hey, why don't they have their own time if it is such a problem. Speaking of Scotland, why do they have the option to vote for independence from the UK, but we don't have the option to get rid of them!!
Goldengirl2
27th Apr 2019
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Personally I cannot see the reason for this twice yearly
time change.

In fact in my car I do not bother adjusting the time any longer- just add or subtract an hour !

I suppose it may still be relevant for farming communities --
but I live in an area with farms all around and farmers seem
to operate well into the night with all the modern farming
equipment available to them.
Mrchipps1
25th Apr 2019
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I don't see daylight savings s being relevant today, because they were originally brought in many years ago, but things have dramatically changed in the world, and to me it is time to move with the times and abolish daylight saving time?
JonathanC4
14th Apr 2019
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Scrapping Daylight saving may be good for Southern England, which is where I live, but not so great for the North of Scotland.

Could be dangerous in the mornings when children are going to school.
DavidH87
13th Apr 2019
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yes we should abolish Greenwich Mean Time and and by replacing it either on Greenwich Mean Time plus 2 hours all year round and or on Central European Summer Time all year round as such which would get the timings right all across other European Countries leaving Scotland and Northern Ireland deciding for themselves otherwise and or Scotland and Northern Ireland sacrificing the 1 hour of daylight on a winters morning by compromising the rest of the UK and other European Countries as such so the practice of Greenwich Mean Time shall be scrapped for good giving away to better use of daylight hours especially down in the South of England.

David Hughes
GreggS
12th Apr 2019
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It's an outdated idea, that probably costs a lot of money to implement. Not to mention the 'time' spent changing our clocks twice a year. And to what modern day purpose does it serve.
It has taken us years to update our once draconian licensing hours.
Let's do the same with time.
jamilla2029
8th Apr 2019
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How come people are always wanting to change things. This system has worked reasonably well now since 1916. Think about Scotland, especially the far north. This was one of the reasons it was implemented originally.
jeaniembe
5th Apr 2019
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I prefer longer and lighter evenings in the Summer months and quite happy to be indoors during dark Winter nights. Although not suited to others.
Griggsy
5th Apr 2019
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It's a tradition that I think should be upheld it's just another good reason for leaving the EU..sorry to be political
Alicia
30th Mar 2019
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Just have the clocks the same all year round, it will save us a lot of time and effort !
ElisabethR
30th Mar 2019
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Wasn't this arrangement devised for wartime? How do countries who have long dark days manage? Does Scandinavia change clocks? I don't think so. Wonder how the people of Scotland feel? 'Twould give the wee haggis something else to get her teeth into!
SueE7
29th Mar 2019
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no good having daylight in the middle of the night. I like it when it's light until 10 o clck at night.
AudreyC13
29th Mar 2019
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unfortunately, you can't change your body clock.
Jayare
29th Mar 2019
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If it’s not broke why change it?
Little3
3rd Apr 2019
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Not sure if that is a vote to keep changing our to stop changing 😉
GlynisR9
29th Mar 2019
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We should stick to our traditional timings
People who live in Scotland have really dark days in the Winter
Little3
3rd Apr 2019
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They're a hardy lot up there!
#Glasgowbornandbred
😉
Dianejean
29th Mar 2019
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It should be abolished as we still have the same number of daylight hours every day regardless of what the time is! In Scotland we can get up to 19 hours of daylight so a clock change makes no difference in summer. Summer time is not good in winter as it doesn’t get light from anything up to 9 or 10 am on GMT (winter time)
FEP
29th Mar 2019
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Disastrous for Farmers and anyone who works outdoors. It was tried before and was not a success. The consequences need to be thought through. France although an hour different to us, still changes their clocks like we do. Why change something that is working ok - could someone tell me what the benefits would be. My husband who farmed for years things it would be a really bad move - interesting to hear other Farmers views.
Lionel
29th Mar 2019
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I was a farm worker for many years. Totally agree with you.
Garnett
29th Mar 2019
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The time across the world is based on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). If we don't use it all year round, we can't expect other countries to use it. 12 noon / midday GMT in the UK is when the sun is at its highest and due south. This seems to me to be logical and sensible. Having the sun due south at 1pm in the summer makes no sense at all. The impression of an extra hour's daylight in the summer is a myth. The total number of hours of daylight is the same whatever the clock says. Everyone has a choice what time they get up and go to bed. It depends on one's own lifestyle. Those people who support British Summer Time (BST) or even permanent so-called daylight saving time seem to assume that we all live to the same routine.
JenM29
29th Mar 2019
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Nowadays people have too many clocks to get changed.
Little3
3rd Apr 2019
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On the other hand smartphones etc change themselves (which is just as well for disorganised folk like me!)
GaryG54
29th Mar 2019
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I believe that British summertime should begin on the last weekend of February, not March as it is now. The March mornings are plenty light enough to allow for this scenario. Thus leaving this winter clocks to Just November, December, January & February.
Garnett
29th Mar 2019
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"The March mornings are plenty light enough". Gary, it depends on what time you get up. It may be OK for you but we all work different hours.
PennyL1
29th Mar 2019
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I’d love to stay on British Summer time permanently- I love the lighter evenings and get so depressed when it’s dark by 4pm in winter.
MrsPat
29th Mar 2019
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Stay on permanent summertime which would be so much easier for everyone
tortie
29th Mar 2019
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Fiddling with the measurement device, clock, is pointless as there are still the same number of hours of daylight. The change creates all sorts of complications of varying degrees. makes sense to just stop and do without unnecessary complications
Besides which noon is always noon whatever else you want to call it
dotbailey
29th Mar 2019
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We should leave it on British Summertime permanently
veronica6
29th Mar 2019
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I thin we should just stay on British summertime permanently.. for get about winter ! Lol xx
ArchieUK
29th Mar 2019
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What daylite do we save?
There is still the same amount of light whateve we do as we cannot alter the suns position.
Let us stop with GMT and let us just get on with our lives.
GaryG54
29th Mar 2019
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How about people who work and would like to enjoy a extra daylight hours in the sun?. They may have been stuck in a factory all day.
Garnett
29th Mar 2019
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Gary, it is obvious that we get more daylight in the summer and less in the winter. We can't change that. The solution is to do indoor activities in the winter and outdoor activities in the summer. Simple.
SueE7
29th Mar 2019
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no good being light at 3 o clock in the morning in summer. Imagine the hue and cry when farmers start harvesting in the middle of the night. Townies in the countryside moan now when they have to work late to get the harvest in. And my neighbours wouldn't like me gardening in the very early hours whereas they don't mind me out until 9 and 10 o clock at night.
Phil G
29th Mar 2019
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Yes. I have spent a lifetime having the clocks disrupted twice a year.Just as I'm getting used to the change, off we go again.
GaryG54
29th Mar 2019
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'Lifetime', 'disrupted'!! One hour twice a year probably when you are in bed, big deal!
MaryD573
29th Mar 2019
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You can't change the number of daylight hours and over a period of time it balances out. leave it to Nature!
Wilf
29th Mar 2019
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Yes we should have longer evenings in the summer and keep this for winter also. It would save a lot of electricity as well.
Suzysweet
29th Mar 2019
2
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We tried this once many years ago and it didn't work for us.
ChrisB451
29th Mar 2019
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Pointless exercise twice a year.
JaneM67
29th Mar 2019
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I believe that time should remain on GMT all year round. After all that is the base for all timings round the world.

Changing clocks causes all sorts of issues as mentioned in your item. It also causes issues with sleep patterns for children. There really is no reason for it these days.
gillwelch
29th Mar 2019
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Keep BST all year round.
Vonny02
29th Mar 2019
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This "daylight saving" is ridiculous, it takes me weeks to get used to the change. We should stay at GMT which is our natural timeline
SueB412
28th Mar 2019
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I have a chronic illness and changing the clocks makes things worse. I'm tired for about a month which in turn causes pain, until my body gets used to the new time. So I'm all for abolishing the clock change malarkey!
Yodama
28th Mar 2019
5
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Yes...it interferes with my connections overseas, changing the times on my gadgets, heating system and for various other reasons..it is a pain.

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