Changing money from imperial to metric

In 1971 the country went through a fundamental shift in how it was run. After weeks of complaining and the Union Jack flag waving overnight, the UK finally switched from Imperial to metric. Suddenly, money and maths became fundamentally easier. The work of Accountants and Bookkeepers Hereford based company was also more straightforward regarding business results.

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The metric system is based on multiples of ten. The old shillings and pounds would be replaced by pence instead, the pound being retained. It meant that multiples of 12, there were 12 shillings to the pound, would become 10 pence. One hundred pennies was one pound as opposed to one hundred and twenty.

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The immediate effect was that shop workers’ lives became fundamentally easier. Calculating change was suddenly a lot simpler if you worked multiples of 10. There was some complaint about pricing. Rather than round down, they seemed to be rounded up, and people also felt it was another example of abandoning the British way of life and its Empire. So what was wrong with the inch and pounds and ounces? What did everything have to be in Centimetres, which sounded vaguely French, or grams and millilitres? Why can’t I be five foot eight and not one hundred and seventy-two centimetres?

There was no law to stop market traders and shops from showing the imperial and metric measures, and after Brexit, there are suggestions that we move back to the Imperial method completely.

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