Newfoundland is half an hour ahead, or 100 years behind

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England and Scotland don’t seem to agree on much any more – and now it looks as if we will be falling out over time zones.

The suggestion of moving clocks forward two hours is meeting strong resistance north of the border, where they are worried about the dangers to children and farmers of long, dark mornings. I warmed to the caller to a radio programme who suggested the countries should have different time zones.

‘It works in Newfoundland,’ he said. ‘They are half-an-hour ahead of Canada, or 100 years behind – depending on how you look at it.’