Emmett Jenner wrote:
That's the point isn't it. You can already buy 'a unit' which happens to be called a 'pint' which is about 550ml or half of that quantity known as a 1/2 pint. Just seems a bit stupedio to even investigate or consider the idea of changing it.
By comparison however...
There are many arguments for not changing it.
Aside from the technical aspect and all the adjustments which will have to be made to accommodate different measures there is also the cultural aspect.
'Fancy 550ml after work' does not have quite the same appeal as 'fancy a pint'
Of course, going misty eyed and lusting after tradition isn't popular in this forum so I won't elaborate on that last point. Take it or leave it.
Again, I would point out that nowhere in the article does it say this is "instead of", but rather "as well as". So unless you've got some sort of other concrete evidence the pint is being withdrawn, you're getting hot under the collar about something you've entirely made up (or "doing a Littlejohn", if you prefer).
However, to humour you, as we've already debunked the technical problems of dealing with different sized glasses and different prices for different sizes and different types of drink (which pubs and drinkers do already and have been doing for many years) I'll deal with the cultural bit. As we've established the pint will still be available, so you could still say "fancy a pint?". Even if it weren't, you could still say "fancy a pint?" because people would know what it meant as a turn of phrase, and even if for some bizarre reason this were outlawed, you could still say "fancy a drink?". No-one would ever say "Fancy 550ml after work" whether the unit they usually drink is a pint, gallon, firkin or magnum, as I'm sure you're entirely aware. People don't say that in other countries where the pint isn't the usual unit, and yet bars and pubs thrive all over the world. You know, it's almost as if the unit itself isn't the most important thing...
So in a nutshell, you appear to be worried about something that isn't happening which itself is an extension of something that only might happen anyway, and even if it did happen it would only affect people who can only deal in pints and further cannot cope with other measures being available, who by definition would therefore also be unable to cope now. Your biggest worry would appear to be the fact that British pub culture is entirely based around the units beer is served in and would implode should any other unit be sold alongside the ones already in place, rather than it actually being about the beer, the pub itself, the atmosphere and the people.
That leads me to conclude that one or more of the following is true:
(a) You *really* like straw man arguments
(b) You drink in a very bizarre, unit obsessed pub (the Rain Man's Arms?)
(c) You seem to think that any idea with some sort of offshore origination is inherently a bad one
Oh, and just as a final note - a lot of bottled beer and cider in pubs is already sold in non-pint units (500 ml, 450 ml, 330 ml). So arguably this is just draught catching up with what is already available and has been for some time. So, do you have any other solid technical or cultural reason not already debunked against offering drinkers the same unit of draught beer/lager/cider that they can already purchase as a bottle (and by offering it as draught you're more likely to sell local, British drinks rather than mass-produced megabrewery products and imports) given that you will still be able to purchase drinks for yourself by the pint should you so wish to, or would you rather see British companies hamstrung by some absurd false sense of nostalgia for something that hasn't even gone away anyway and was never the keystone of pub culture in the first place?