Next Saturday, the Daylight Saving Scheme comes to an end. In the last eighteen weeks we have fully proved the benefit of starting work an hour earlier each morning and leaving off an hour earlier each afternoon. “Daylight Saving” has been a great success.
And yet you will remember there were all sorts of fears as to the serious consequences. Post office and railway arrangements would be thrown out of order. Cows would not give their milk an hour earlier. In short, the croakers saw every possible trouble, drawback, complication and even danger.
But none of these dreadful things happened. And then we began to find the advantages of this arrangement. It was most pleasant to have this extra hour of daylight. The tennis player and the bowler had another game, the amateur gardener put in more work at his flower beds and his vegetable patch. Tired workers in our cities got out to the parks long before the sun set, and enjoyed the cool of the evening.
The Summer Time Act has been a success at every point, and a drawback to nobody. Even the farmers who thought they could not get to work an hour earlier because of the dew have not been heard to complain, though perhaps they have not acknowledged the convenience of the additional hour in making their hay and cutting their harvest. We must hope that the arrangement will be a permanent one, and that it will begin in April instead of May, so that during the best six months of the year we may have a long evening of daylight for our benefit and enjoyment.
It’s interesting that it’s still such a controversial topic today, almost a century on, isn’t it?