28th June 2018
This is a modest proposal for legislation:
The 2016 Abolition Act
1. Other than for the purpose of giving effect to this Act, all events in 2016 shall be deemed to not have happened.
2. The year 2016 is abolished.
This will have a number of beneficial effects, not least:
@DavidAllenGreen Does that mean we can have Victoria Wood, David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Prince, etc back?
— Nick mINers (@nickminers) June 28, 2016
By operation of law, the Act will mean that everything will revert to 31 December 2015, meaning David Bowie, Prince, and others, will still be alive.
There is even precedent.
For example, there is no year zero- 1 BC went straight to 1 AD. We have managed 2000 years with a “missing” year – indeed a leap year, and nobody cared (apart from that fanatical cult who insist centuries always start in [x]001 – they will always be careful to tell you there was no year zero, with a gleam in their staring eyes).
And in 1752 there was another precedent:
@DavidAllenGreen And more recently, we skipped a couple of weeks in 1752. We could just do the same retroactively.
— Stephen La Rivière (@la_riviere) June 28, 2016
The rest of the world would have to follow our initiative:
@DavidAllenGreen And because we are the Greenwich Mean Time, everyone has to follow us
— Mad As Hell! (@nomorecakepls) June 28, 2016
We can be sure many Americans and others will not mind.
And if this seems too ambitious, we could do a quick fix and switch back to the Julian calendar, taking us back days before *that* referendum:
— Sarah Sexton (@sexton_sexton1) June 28, 2016
I think it is time for parliamentary democracy to re-establish itself, and this legislation will be just the thing to bring sense back to British politics.
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