Also, although the clocks change eight weeks before midwinter, it takes about 13 weeks to put the clocks forward and make better use of daylight again. Surely there is a case for putting the clocks forward five weeks before we actually do, to balance the weeks either side of midwinter spent with darker nights.
If there really is a need to change the clocks, perhaps a shorter period of four or five weeks either side of mid-winter would be adequate.
Angus Brendan MacNeil
Isle of Mull, Argyll