The utility cyclist wrote:What doesn't it "fit"?
We have speedometers/odometers in miles/miles per hour, we have speed signs in miles per hour, we have signposts in miles, it works perfectly fine.
Using the old emotional "should spend the money on doctors, nurses, social care" nonsense doesn't work on me. I'm frankly bored of it being touted out ever time someone suggests spending money on something that someone doesn't like the sound of.
Society is a vast collection of different things not all of which have instant gratification. The local council are spending more than a few quid updating cycle paths near me - they'll never get that money back, perhaps they should spend it on nurses, doctors and social care? (I'm pretty sure if you trawl the comments section of the local rag someone will be suggesting exactly that).
As for age related slurs, I'm an old duffer too - but an old duffer who realistically knows that we as a group hold the world back, we're too conservative and so there's a huge social benefit to our demise and the churn of population.
There's a good reason for the age split with the brexit vote and it's the same reason some of us cling to imperial. Us oldies are the real barrier to change.
If we ever "cure" death then it'll be the end, we'll stagnate and disappear as a species.
Anyway if money is the issue then we can save vastly more by getting people out exercising, if we were really bothered about social stuff we'd ban crap foods and make exercise compulsory.
You could halve the number of doctors and nurses and save tens of billions in the process.