Is Daylight Saving Too Late?
Ask any EU citizen what they think about Daylight Saving and they’ll tell you a different story.
“It fades our curtains.” “Nobody should be forced to stay awake longer because of it.” And, “The poor cows are sick of what Daylight Saving is doing to their milking routine.”
Hard to argue any of it. Especially because hardly anyone agrees what time they should get up in the morning. Or, go to bed.
Some want Daylight Saving abolished for good. While others want it to stay the way it is. And more argue the clock should be set to Summer Daylight Saving time. Then stay that way. Permanently.
Then again, there are a few who prefer the same Winter’s non-Daylight Saving time. Like it was in the old days. Back before clocks were invented.
To add to the complications, the Swiss (who never really agreed to joining the EU in the first place) can’t even agree amongst themselves.
“Now where were we with the Daylight Saving debate?”
“Ah yes. Whatever you say, it is wrong because Swiss cows need steady milking times. And Daylight Saving curdles the milk.”
“Hm. That makes no sense. Maybe we should arm wrestle again to decide…”
Meanwhile, some countries are debating the schedule switch shouldn’t be mandatory. So their nation can skip any change.
This could translate into surprising moments of time travel. Like leaping an hour ahead or behind. Just by walking across one side of the street to the other in some border towns.
Forget about the slow motion catastrophe of global overheating, environmental breakdown, world poverty, international instability, and economic uncertainty. What the EU people want sorted right now (or at least when they have the time) is whether the clocks should be set back an hour, put forward, or stay as is.
Daylight Saving is serious. And it needs sorting out in a timely manner. For those nations with a penchant for punctuality, it’s central to keeping everything in order. Trains, planes, trams, and buses depend on timetable certainty. And it wouldn’t do to have EU countries picking and choosing their own time in defiance of the rest.
Supposing Bulgaria decides to make noon midnight yesterday? Or Liechtenstein chose to jump ahead four hours? Just to beat everyone to it.
The result would make faded carpets and exhausted cows too trivial to mention. That’s because the EU needs cohesive certainty about when things get done. And it’s just not done for any one EU country to go it alone.
That means it’s haggling time. When everyone has an opinion and tells everyone else about it while they stop listening to anyone else.
Amidst the cacophony of Daylight savers, spenders, and status quo keepers, one thing is certain. The three existing time zones that cover the EU must be preserved.
So the debate rages on. As people do their best to keep the milk flowing, the curtains from fraying, avoiding sleeping in, and turning the lights out in time.
The great European Daylight Saving debacle has got months to go. Until, come 2019, the time is up and a decision is made.
Well, sort of. Some EU members have mooted 2021 would be better. Why? Because they feel they need more time. And that pretty much sums up the whole Daylight Saving debate.