We shouldn’t be surprised that Britain voted “no” to staying in the E.U. We’ve never been fully committed to the idea of being European.

We kept the pound as our currency instead of joining the Euro and haven’t fully adopted the metric system. Beer is still sold in pints and we use miles on our road signs and speedometers. We still measure fuel consumption in miles per gallon even though petrol hasn’t been sold in gallons since the early eighties!

We use an even more ancient measurement when we weigh ourselves. Even the non-metric Americans use pounds but British people use “stones”. The name “stone” derives from the use of stones for weights, a practice that dates back to biblical times. Even though Brits weigh themselves in stones, the stone is prohibited for commercial use in the UK by the Weights and Measures Act of 1985.

The reluctance to fully embrace the metric system is purely anti-European. It has nothing to do with education. All state schools have been required to teach the metric system as the primary system of measurement since 1974.

Nearly two generations have passed through the school system having been taught the power and simplicity of the metric system, only to be discouraged from applying it fully in everyday life.

It all boils down to this; British people suffer from a superiority complex. It’s a psychological defense mechanism. A feeling of superiority conceals our true feelings of inferiority. Deep down, we are desperately awkward and insecure.

We compensate by saying we’re better than the rest of Europe, miles better.

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