Sixty Joyless De-Britished Uncrowned Commonpoor Years (1949-2009)

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Britannic Inheritance: Britain's proud legacy. What legacy will America leave?
English Debate: Daniel Hannan revels in making mince meat of Gordon Brown
Crazy Canucks: British MP banned from Canada on national security grounds
Happy St. Patrick's: Will Ireland ever return to the Commonwealth?
Voyage Through the Commonwealth: World cruise around the faded bits of pink.
No Queen for the Green: The Green Party of Canada votes to dispense with monarchy.
"Sir Edward Kennedy": The Queen has awarded the senator an honorary Knighthood.
President Obama: Hates Britain, but is keen to meet the Queen?
The Princess Royal: Princess Anne "outstanding" in Australia.
H.M.S. Victory: In 1744, 1000 sailors went down with a cargo of gold.
Queen's Commonwealth: Britain is letting the Commonwealth die.
Justice Kirby: His support for monarchy almost lost him appointment to High Court
Royal Military Academy: Sandhurst abolishes the Apostles' Creed.
Air Marshal Alec Maisner, R.I.P. Half Polish, half German and 100% British.
Cherie Blair: Not a vain, self regarding, shallow thinking viper after all.
Harry Potter: Celebrated rich kid thinks the Royals should not be celebrated
The Royal Jelly: A new king has been coronated, and his subjects are in a merry mood
Victoria Cross: Australian TROOPER MARK DONALDSON awarded the VC
Godless Buses: Royal Navy veteran, Ron Heather, refuses to drive his bus
Labour's Class War: To expunge those with the slightest pretensions to gentility
100 Top English Novels of All Time: The Essential Fictional Library
BIG BEN: Celebrating 150 Years of the Clock Tower

Tuesday, 2 January 2007

God Save the English Pint!

End of the British Crown Pint. A sad day for Britain and those pubs across the Commonwealth that still proudly advertise the Imperial Pint. (See Wikipedia pint glass under "other countries")

That's it. That's just royally friggin it! The EU is now stealing the crown off the great British pint, in order to bring the pint glass into "European Conformity". Can you believe this? Brussel's stealth bureaucrats can mess with a lot of things, but they're messing with tradition when they mess with our English ale. I'm not kidding around here. Like everything else, they think they can just slip this one under the radar as well.

I can't wait to hear what the Campaign for Real Ale will say of this nonsense. Surely oh surely they have gone too far this time. This is a matter of national pride. This is a matter of protecting our three-hundred year old tradition of the pint glass, a uniquely calibrated amount of beer certified under United Kingdom Crown law:

For more than 300 years, the stamp of the crown on top of a pub glass has stood as a guarantee that it is big enough to deliver a full pint. But this British tradition has now fallen victim to the extension of the EU's tentacles into national life and the demise of UK manufacturing. Critics fear the loss of the crown will be followed by the loss of the pint itself, with British drinkers being required to switch to continental metric measures.

Ever since 1699, successive governments have found it necessary to measure and certify the pint and half-pint glasses made and used in this country. The rules, which were intended to assure suspicious beer drinkers that they were not being given short measures, meant a crown and certification number was printed on each glass. However, the EU is introducing a standard European-wide system for guaranteeing the size and safety of glasses.

Consequently, the new glasses now appearing in British pubs and bars carry a CE mark - which, in French, stands for ‘European Conformity'. The loss of the crown is further evidence that the EU's grip on the nation's weights and measures is tightening.


The Monarchist said...

Good God, what next? Really, what else is there?

Anonymous said...

By the way, that's imperial as in not metric. Thought I should clear that up.


Anonymous said...

i hate the EU, they are the scum of the earth

Steve said...

This has nothing to do with the EU telling us we can't put crown stamps on our glasses.

There is stillone stamping office in the UK which will continue to stick a crown on the very small number of pint glasses being made in the UK.

The reason for the demise of the crown on the pint glass is that we just don't make them in Britain any more. Most pint glasses now come from the Czech republic, which stamps glasses according to the EU standard.

The loss of the crown stamp is the result of the decline of UK manufacturing not EU legislation. If you are looking to blame someone, you need to look beyond Brussels.

Timothy said...

That's just stupid. It seems like the EU should spend more time on doing more important stuff than deciding whether or not the English pint is a valid unit of measure. And besides, they can't tell you what to print on your glasses.