metric martyr


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metric martyr

n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in Britain)a shopkeeper or trader willing to be prosecuted for continuing to use only imperial measures as a protest against the perceived imposition of metric measures by the European Union
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THE "Metric Martyr" greengrocer convicted of selling bananas in pounds and ounces is to appeal against his conviction.
Campaigners last night announced their fight for a posthumous royal pardon for metric martyr Steven Thoburn, who died three years ago.
There was also a debate on regional assemblies with yes and no campaigners, including Sunderland metric martyr Neil Herron.
Sunderland Trading Standards should have thought it out a bit before helping to create this "metric martyr".
There will also be a debate on regional assemblies with yes and no campaigners, including Sunderland metric martyr Neil Herron.
The metric martyr. Seeing as he is a devotee of all those Olde Englande ways, now he's been found guilty of wasting our time with all that attention-seeking nonsense, why didn't the court place him in village stocks and allow us to pelt him with a few pounds and ounces of rotten tomatoes?
The Metric Martyr has spent two years deliberately flouting parking restrictions in Sunderland in a bid to prove the flaws he believes are in the city's parking system.
Father-of-two Stephen Thoburn announced his decision after it was revealed that a Metric Martyr campaign fund set up in the wake of his prosecution had topped pounds 100,000 in public donations.
THE case of the so-called metric martyr was always ridiculous.
Euro-MP Simon Murphy, Labour leader in the Europaen Parliament, said: 'With four out of five weighing scales in the UK trading in metric, the metric martyr is out of step with the modern world.'
Sunderland metric martyr Neil Herron warned it was vital for more "honesty and transparency" in the system insisting the distrust of politicians was now "absolute''.
Most of us think that prosecuting a 'metric martyr' is mad but trying to defend our system is even crazier.