Just as I was gearing up for a rant about the stupidity of introducing daylight saving in the middle of winter the weather has let me down.
Last year and the year before and the year before that, as is usual for this time of year the weather was cold and wintery.
Last week it was wintery.
But since the clocks went forward on Sunday we’ve had nor westers and the temperatures got to the late teens on Monday and yesterday.
I’m not complaining, after a very wet winter, heat and drying wind is just what we need. But two warm days, do not a spring make. The weather is almost always variable at this time of year and the forecast for later in the week is for cloud and rain.
However, whatever the weather, it doesn’t change the fact that this close to the spring equinox we have only a little more than 12 hours between sunrise and sunset.
That means moving sunset from 6ish to 7ish in the evening has moved sunrise from 6ish to 7ish in the morning although that doesn’t worry everyone.
My campaign to delay the date on which the clocks go forward isn’t getting much traction. Only 13 people have joined my delay daylight saving group on Facebook.
The Panel discussed the issue on Afternoons on Monday (part 2 towards the end) and there was no enthusiasm for change from them.
Peter Dunne justified us having six months of daylight saving by comparing us with other countries.
That is irrelevant – they’re at different latitudes and longitudes, they’re nearer the equator than we are and most have continental climates (which if memories of school geography serve me right means they heat up faster so will get warmer sooner in spring).
Still, why would a politician let the facts get in the way of a pet policy?
Sigh, yawn, mutter grumble.