If you think daylight saving time should last all year with clocks staying forward permanently, check the times and temperature for sunrise and sunset this week.
Yesterday was the shortest day. I took this photo at 7:30am.
The sun didn’t rise until after 8am. It would have been later still further west and south.
If the clocks stayed forward all year it would be dark until nearly 9am.
Anyone working outside would have visibility and safety issues and children would be walking to school in the dark.
Yesterday it was reasonably mild during the day – about 12 degrees at lunchtime.
It had dropped to about 3 degrees by the time the sun was setting at about 5pm so neither the light nor the temperature would be conducive to outdoor activity if the clocks stayed forwards and it was light until 6pm.
I have a lot of sympathy for people whose body clocks are discombobulated by losing an hour in spring and regaining it in autumn.
But the solution isn’t to keep the clocks forward and plunge us into darker dawns all year, it’s to keep them back permanently.