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Morocco: Daylight Savings Fail

Nomadic Morocco remarks upon Morocco's decision to roll back the clocks early. The country, which instituted Daylight Savings Time this summer for the first time in several years, is changing the clocks this week just in time for Ramadan.

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8 comments

  • MAROKKO

    who told you that this policy failed?
    you start inventing stories very bad Jillian, so bored about those craps here, bye

  • Paul

    I agree with you Jillian, this policy has failed.

    I was staying in Morocco during this time and on a local level it was quite like chaos.

    Now, i usually defend Morocco on a lot of it’s policies, however, this time i have to agree that it was a failure.

    The main reason, i believe, for it being a failure, is due to the people not accepting the new time. If you visit most Moroccan homes during this period, the clocks are still set to GMT, people still live their lives in GMT.

    This results in little kids being allowed to stay out and play in the streets, en masse, until maybe 11pm or later.

    Now, to suddenly change the policy BACK to GMT (whilst it is the right decision to take for Ramadan) clearly shows that this policy was a big mistake and for what advantages?

    The resulting situation is that now we have Morocco on GMT and the airlines schedules on GMT +1

    Now, where does that leave us?

    MAROKKO…..if you do not see that this policy failed, you are oh so very blind to your countries needs.

  • MAROKKO:

    I didn’t write the story, I just quoted a blogger who made that claim. As for the title (Daylight Savings Fail), it was a bit of a joke, a nod to http://www.failblog.org. I apologize if you didn’t get the joke.

  • Paul,

    Incidentally, of course, I do agree that it’s failed. Although I’m not there to see it, just reading the Peace Corps Morocco bloggers’ accounts of how not a single person in their villages have changed their clocks proves to me that Morocco doesn’t want Daylight Savings.

    When I lived there, I never noticed the lack of it, and I think that for a country on GMT, it doesn’t make sense.

    Now if they got rid of it in the US, I’d be angry!

    Jillian

  • bam

    moroccan policies are failing in so many levels. the daylight savings is only a blink compared to the magnitude and lack of vision in the decision making in that country. it is democracy in the dark … follow the flash light or who pays the most for anything to see your light.

  • jalal nali

    to BAM,
    No SIR! the only policy which has failed in Morocco, is the one which live in your big imagination.
    which policy has faild?
    you can see ‘ if you visited Morocco in your life’ that we are far from other negbhours countries, the gouvernamental saving, the unjobless rate, the economy good health, i think you were in an medical Coma! lol, wake up

  • the goal of changing from GMT on summer time is to save energy, and the result was there.

  • Paul

    No Zizou, the claimed goal was to save energy.

    The reality was that only 1% energy was to be saved during the original period of daylight saving.

    The fact that it was cut short in the end demonstrates amply that it was a waste of time and that energy saving is not held in such high regard as you perhaps believe it to be.

    Face it, the policy failed or at least was misguided….this is what the world percieves when governments backtrack on their policies.

    The essential role of government is that they make valid and good decisions that are right for their people.

    A government that backtracks on it’s policies is seen as weak and with no leadership.

    Even if the policy is bad for some elements of a community, as a government you have to make decisions that show strong leadership based upon fact and you have to weather the storm.

    The fact that Morocco backtracked on this policy demonstrates amply that it did not consider the effects it would have on the people during Ramadan.

    This has nothing to do with saving energy. If it did, then the policy would have come in force much earlier and would have stayed in force and allowed to run it’s course to achieve the claimed goal of “saving energy”

    The peoples reaction to the policy also amply demonstrates the lack of respect that people have of their leaders in Morocco.

    Depsite a ban on smoking in public, people still smoke in public in Morocco.

    Despite a ban on children working in Morocco, towns are filled with teams of children trying to do their best, hauling carts around to support their families.

    Despite a ban on prostitution, women, and childen, still find that they have to sell themselves to local men for their families to survive.

    Depsite a ban on Alcohol useage, men still get drunk on Whiskey each day.

    Need i go on?

    NO

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