Sunday, March 11, 2007

EU to abolish the Crown

The Crown of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is not only symbolic of majesty, but of covenant, and of political sovereignty. Throughout history, it is intrinsically linked to defending the rights and liberties of the people - rights and liberties which are themselves gradually dwindling away. In Northern Ireland, for example, the Crown has been already been deleted from the badge of the Royal Ulster Constabulary, now the Police Service of Northern Ireland, and the Royal coat of arms has been removed from state buildings because it is considered ‘divisive’. And now, the European Union is to abolish it altogether...

Since 1699 the stamp of the Crown at the top of a glass has constituted a guarantee that it delivers a full pint. It is a symbol of British sovereignty and legal conformity. But now this symbol is to be replaced by the 12 stars of the EU. This may sound minor, trivial, and utterly insignificant, but it is a further indication of the extent to which a 50-year-old institution is supplanting the UK’s centuries-old institutions, and its infallible directives increasingly know no bounds. It is no longer for Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Weights and Measures to ensure the public are not deceived, but an EU ruling gives the Conformité Européenne (CE) mark primacy to ensure conformity and accuracy across the Union. Yes, the new mark is French.

Make no mistake, the loss of the Crown will be followed by the loss of the pint itself, with British drinkers being required to switch to metric measures. We have already seen greengrocers hauled before the courts for refusing to abide by EU rules that fresh produce must now be sold in kilos and grams, rather than pounds and ounces. Metric is supplanting Imperial inexorably. Of course, the pint will not be abolished next week; that is not how the EU works: it erodes and chips and fragments incrementally, and then constructs by stealth. The important dimension to this is that the EU does not recognise imperial weights and measures. The usurping of the Crown with the EU’s 12-star logo is therefore transitional. Eventually, we will be drinking our ‘pints’ from litre glasses, still with the EU logo, and no-one will have noticed.

But the UK has agreed a temporary derogation. A DTI spokesman said the ruling applies ‘only to glasses that went on sale since October. No-one has to get rid of the Crown-stamped glasses they are already using. Glasses already in use are unaffected and can stay in use as long as they last.’ So that’s alright then. It’s simply a case of persuading Britain's drunken louts not to smash too many of them on Friday and Saturday nights, in the hope that they might be preserved for their children, and their children's children...


Anonymous Mr Angry said...


12 March 2007 at 00:10  
Blogger Scott said...

I agree. Completely. This joke has gone on too long and must end now, while there's still time. Many centuries from now, long after this is corrected, future Britons will look back in astonishment at this odd period of self-hatred.

12 March 2007 at 02:00  
Blogger Scott said...

Can you still buy Crown-stamped glasses? Or are all the ones on sale now EU-stamped? Because, if Crowns are available, I'd like to buy 100 (as would other patriots, no doubt).

Is anyone in the know?

12 March 2007 at 02:27  
Anonymous Voyager said...

Interesting but German glasses which are geeicht have never had EU symbols - that will be an unwelcome innovation

12 March 2007 at 05:49  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What, pray, is (or ever was) "Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Weights and Measures"? No such body exists, or ever has existed. W&M enforcement has always been the responsibility of local government - with all the inconsistencies that that has generated due to policy, resources, etc..

If you cannot get something as basic as this correct, why should anyone have regard to your ante-European rants?

And in answer to "Scott", "No, you can no longer purchase new, crown stamped glasses - although you could purchase second hand ones".

Have any of you pedants realised that for the last decade or more, your "crown stamped" glasses have been produced mainly in France?

Noticed any difference to those produced (at uneconomic prices)by the UK industry that couldn't hack a more open market? Of course you haven't - you've not even looked, and even if you had, you wouldn't have found any difference - because there isn't any.

The "CE" mark is no better, and no worse, a guarantee of accuracy that the King Edward's Crown.


12 March 2007 at 08:06  
Blogger Scott said...

It is worse poetically. The elaborate network of imagery, metaphor and history that creates a nation's sense of itself, that binds men together and to their country in affection, and which makes a country distinct, has been further fragmented. The cracks are many. This is literally small, but symbollically huge: out with the Crown, in with the CE: it says it all.

12 March 2007 at 08:42  
Anonymous Voyager said...

Noticed any difference to those produced (at uneconomic prices)by the UK industry

Come on now - France and Turkey are specialists at cheap glassware.

The "British" glass sector is foreign owned anyway - Ravenhead was PLM of Sweden I recall, and Owens of Illinois had a big role in glass bottles.

Energy cost has had a very high impact on glass-manufacturers in areas like Castleford and concentration of buying in chains has made it hard to generate any brand image along the lines of Schott-Zwiesel in Germany

12 March 2007 at 09:02  
Anonymous Steve said...

Ant if we left the EU tomorrow, would we get the crown back on our pint glasses?

No. Because all our pint glasses are made in other EU countries.

12 March 2007 at 11:44  
Anonymous Voyager said...

Sorry Steve that is farcical....even China can produce any symbol I select on a piece of glass...I am sure France can too

12 March 2007 at 14:34  
Blogger Elaib said...

What his Grace must be talking about is the National Weights and measures laboratory (
A reply from this august institution on the subject of crowns on glasses goes as follows

"The derogation for the continued use of the pint for dispensing draught beer or cider (and also for the distribution of milk in returnable containers) is not time limited. The Government sees no case for change in these matters."

In response to the other two questions you asked, our regulatory team have advised the following:

The CE Mark replaced the crown marking on pint glasses in line with the MID (measuring instruments directive) that came into force on the 30th October 2006. You can visit the following website and download a copy of the regulations, which have the following number: SI2006/1264. The CE marking in this set of regulations does not affect the volumetric measurement of draught beer in pint glasses but simply means all new pint glasses must be CE marked instead of Crown Stamped. However, If you are dispensing beer through a beer meter then you are not affected by the MID regulations".

So it seems that Publicans can continue serving beer in pints, (though not cider, that was outlawed some time ago) but as from next month new glasses must replace the crown mark with the CE mark. This is obviously absurd as the CE people do not officially recognise the legality of imperial measurements.

Of course this regulation was sheparded through the European parliament by the Tory MEP Giles Chichester.

12 March 2007 at 15:28  
Anonymous Colin said...

"Of course, the pint will not be abolished next week."

I am sure that Prince Charles will be working on that. First, he wants to Ban McDonald's for better health. Certainly, beer and pints are on his agenda to improve health.

12 March 2007 at 15:35  
Anonymous Voyager said...

Mind you those Southern beer glasses are not really the thing - a good beer glass with a handle and no markings.....much harder to 'glass' someone with the handled variety

12 March 2007 at 18:15  
Blogger Little Black Sambo said...

"Derogation" is exactly the wrong way round: they will ALLOW us to use pints. How ever did we get into this trap? And why ever will neither major political party offer to get us out again?

12 March 2007 at 20:16  
Anonymous Colin said...

" why ever will neither major political party offer to get us out again? "

Because it is more convenient to rule without people's interference via Brussels?

12 March 2007 at 20:27  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come on Cranmer get a grip - the crown has not been removed from the badge of the PSNI:

Joined by other symbols yes, but not removed.

12 March 2007 at 23:33  
Blogger Johnny Norfolk said...

Vote UKIP its the only way to stop these things.

13 March 2007 at 08:28  
Anonymous Observer said...

Vote UKIP its the only way to stop these things..

Really ? Not when OLAF asks Farage to repay £3 million.....

13 March 2007 at 15:07  
Blogger Cato, author of said...

Every time I read another story about what these sickening Eurocrats are doing drip by drip to Great Britain and the ancient rights and privileges of the Crown it makes me want to throw up. Hitler could only have dreamed of the pan-European centralised Empire which the European socialists now control. I fear that one day we shall be forced to defend the Crown at the barricades...

13 March 2007 at 20:20  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can still buy the British Crown stamp glasses at Just bought some from them

3 December 2008 at 22:29  

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