Beware of the thoughtcrime directive
In just over three years time it will be illegal for you to ask your co-worker to pass a six inch nail, or for Sport Relief to use the slogan "Making the world miles better", for the Prime Minister to promote Sports Relief by running a mile or even for Mr FM to share his recipe for Damson Gin - For an insight into this thoughtcrime world see this:
The Metric Directive is intended to require metric units of measurement to be used in all aspects of life in the European Union. The use of a uniform system of measurement units is considered essential for the purposes of public health, safety, and trade. The Directive is not a labeling directive; rather it applies to all expressions of measurement units wherever they are used in the European Union.
The directive comes into force on January 1, 2010
Questions and Answers:
15. Does the requirement for SI only units extend to sales catalogs, blueprints, e-commerce and Internet sites, advertisements, brochures and user manuals and instructions?
The Directive applies to all catalogs, blueprints, e-commerce and Internet sites, advertisements, brochures and user manuals and instructions that target only the EU. If they are clearly intended for the international market (i.e., including non-metric countries), then inch-pound units will be accepted in the text of the language for the non-metric countries.
16. Do the requirements for SI only units apply to magazines and books?
17. Do the requirements apply to internal business operations, processes, formulations, etc.?
So any mention of feet or pounds will be a doubleplus ungood crime.