The importance of 23:59

Today’s front page of The Times asks, “Does May know what day it is?” I should think so but perhaps the Department needs to learn something from the armed forces.

I recall being trained never to specify “midnight” on a day because whether one means the beginning or end of the day is ambiguous. We would write “23:59” or “00:01” to be clear.

Presumably the lesson was learned at considerable cost. I’d like to believe everyone in the Civil Service is aware of it.


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