[tz] Politics of TZ changes

Robert Elz kre at munnari.OZ.AU
Tue May 13 20:07:16 UTC 2014

    Date:        Tue, 13 May 2014 09:29:55 -0700
    From:        Matt Johnson <mj1856 at hotmail.com>
    Message-ID:  <BAY178-W213AD7E5BF71C401A80BEBC2340 at phx.gbl>

  | Who might we lobby to enact such a thing?

I agree with you on the stupidity of making changes like this at the
last second, but there really is nothing that can be done (beyond perhaps
internal pressure inside the countries that do it ... Egypt is by no means
the only one.)

That's because the answer to the question you ended your message with (above)
is "no-one" - there is no such thing as global enacting.

Each country does what it likes, on all matters (with a few odd exceptions
like countries that are members of the EU, and even there, if a country
was bothered too much by EU rules, it could just leave the EU).

Everything else is a matter of treaties - countries agreeing to do this
or that, which remain effective exactly as long as they continue to agree.

Sure, sometimes, other countries can try and pressure a country that is
behaving badly (sanctions and so on .. even invasions) but it is hard to
imagine anyone jeopardising their own trade arrangements (let alone starting
a war) just because some other country didn't provide enough notice that
it was going to change its clocks.

Aside from that, about all that's left would be to find some organisation
that the relevant country (countries) is (are) a member of (maybe the WTO
or something) and have them enact some by-law, and then hope that either
the member countries actually take notice, or that the organisation has
enough teeth to punish malefactors.   Far more significant issues than
time keeping have failed at this kind of thing.


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