As the weekend approaches and people prepare to put the clocks back an hour. There has been increased support for not going into Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) from British Summer Time (BST). So that the country will not have to face shorter days and the ongoing misery from the coronavirus.
Petition urges not to put clocks back: Winters in the UK mean lighter mornings but earlier sunsets, with darkness falling at 4pm during the month of December. Chris Difford, member of the band Squeeze, has set up a petition. Urging not to put the clocks back this year saying that, with the coronavirus, life is scary enough for people at the moment. And that longer natural light days would be a tonic for people’s health.
Martin Lewis, financial expert, has also got involved. And said that leaving the clocks as they are would cheer people up during this horrible time. He took to his Twitter account to message the Prime Minister, saying. “Don’t put the clocks back this Sunday. Allow people a little more daylight in the afternoon/evening to go outside and enjoy.” The European Parliament has already backed a proposal to abolish the changing of the clocks across the European Union. And, if adopted, it would mean that Europe would change it’s clocks for the last time as early as next year.
The UK first changed the clocks one hour in spring and autumn in 1916 to make better use of daylight hours and save energy during World War I. Welsh Labour MP Alex Davies-Jones said on Thursday that it was about time the country got rid of the “outdated process”. And said that who would want an extra hour of 2020.
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