I agree with a lot of what you've said in your attachment - your annotated commentary. There is the issue of wasting our time, which is the main one. The other issue is that Met Services putting conditions for the use of the data was common in the mid-1980s and 1990s. We were just quite adept at getting around the conditions. We went into discussions with the Met Services assuming these would exist. The world was a very different place in 1990 than it is now.
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