Is it time to stop putting the clocks back?

Sir,

Lighter evenings rather than darker mornings are cited in your leading
article (Time’s Up, October 25) as an outcome of the proposal to put our clocks
one hour ahead of their current setting in both summer and winter.

The benefits of doing so are far greater than this statement implies. The
extra hour of daylight in the evenings would be enjoyed on every day of the
year but the gloomier hour in the mornings will only have to be put up with
on the days of winter. For most of the year, at present, the great majority
of the population in effect waste between 200 and 300 daylight hours because
they are still in bed – even in Scotland!

Dr. Mayer Hillman

Senior Fellow Emeritus
Policy Studies Institute


Letter published in the Times, 27 October 2014

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