Last night summer time came to an end. At 3 a.m. the clocks were set back for an hour.
From now on we have the standard time again, logically called winter time by many people. It lasts until March 28, about five months. Summer time (introduced in 1977) thus lasts two months longer.
To keep changing the clock has been a thorn in the side of many people for years. Some get sleeping problems because of it, others find it unnecessarily complicated or keep forgetting whether it is an hour earlier or later (mnemonic; in the spring the clock goes by).
But if you want to get rid of it, you have to choose what time applies throughout the year. And that’s where the problem starts, because opinions are deeply divided.
Outdoor athletes, for example, value summer time, because they can do their ‘evening rounds’ in daylight from April after dinner. But construction, among other things, points out that it will not be light until 10 a.m. in the middle of winter. Construction workers have already been at work for hours.
In 2018, then President Juncker of the European Commission proposed to permanently observe daylight saving time in the EU. This soon changed to the position that each country can decide for itself what time it will be, as long as there is no more resistance.
This agreement should take effect next year, but the question is whether that will happen. Nobody wants a patchwork quilt at different times in Europe. For example, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg have already agreed that they want to keep the same time together, whether or not after a referendum on the question of what time it should be.
At the end of 2018, a poll by the Ministry of the Interior showed that no option (always summer time, always winter time or continue to reschedule) is supported by a majority of the Dutch.
There is only one option left, the ultimate compromise: to set the clock once for half an hour. That is what the meteorologists of Weeronline proposed last year. Their colleagues at Weer.nl also feel in favor of this: “Maybe we should just postpone for half an hour and never talk about it again.”