European governments have tried just about everything to stem the tide of fiscal crisis, but Britain may have the simplest, yet most controversial, proposal in the bunch: change the clocks.
The U.K. government is expected to consider a long-debated plan to permanently switch to Central European time, a move that advocates said would give the commonwealth's sluggish economy a boost. Additionally, proponents said by moving clocks 60 minutes ahead of current settings, the tourism season would be extended, road deaths would be curbed and outdoor activities would be more widely promoted.
Opponents said that such a move would have a negative impact on the United Kingdom's northern regions, shifting darker mornings across northern England and Scotland. Some critics claim that the sunrise in Scotland could come as late as 10 a.m. during some winter months.
During World War II, Britain's so-called summer time was set two hours ahead and the United Kingdom previously experimented with year-round summer time (when clocks are pushed forward through the late spring and summer) from 1968-1971, which led to protests in Scotland.