SHOULD WE SCRAP THE BBC TV LICENCE FEE? – Last year alone 180,000 people were taken through the courts by the BBC for evading its licence fee.
According to reports the number of people the courts are having to deal with over non-payment of the BBC’s licence fee equates to 1 in 10 of all court case in the UK; an amount that some feel is simply clogging up the court system.
It has now been revealed that 334 licence fee collectors are awarded bonuses of £1,000 a month for taking cash strapped taxpayer’s to court and earlier this week the BBC’s Director General Tony Hall announced there would be further crackdowns in order to seek out and criminally prosecute those who attempt to evade the licence fee.
Critics have said that the BBC’s actions are outrageous after discovering that all 334 officers are offered uncapped bonuses if they are able to seek out and find evidence the BBC requires in order to successfully prosecute householders.
Tony Hall’s recent announcement on clamping down on licence fee dodgers is an attempt to plug the £100 million a year hole it has created by the digital revolution.
With the rise of the internet many people are able to legally avoid paying the licence fee however the BBC, in its push for reaching an ever growing global audience, had little or no choice but to embrace the digital age.
With the ever increasing austerity measures being imposed upon the hard working taxpayer, and with George Osborne’s party conference speech which revealed another 7 years of austerity measures, it is little wonder why the BBC’s licence fee is not something that most households consider a necessity.
It is quite frankly a draconian system of extracting money from the taxpayer and the time is well overdue that such a practice should cease to exist.
With the recent revelations over vast payoffs to senior management it will come as little shock as to why most households no longer have any respect for the BBC.
It is, along with the people running it, a greedy, arcane and despot institute operated by those who live extremely well off the backs of hard working families – they really are not better than the Romanian criminal gangs that roam the streets of Britain; although the BBC and its ability to generate revenue is legitimized through legislation in order to force householders to lay down and be financially raped with almost zero accountability.
Yes, it could be argued that the BBC and it’s bosses were hauled over the coals in the recent Public Accounts Committee where they had to explain why senior management were being awarded vast payoffs – seriously can anyone tell me what good came of it?
It was in my view little more than a circus sideshow that provided little entertainment and certainly nothing of any real benefit to the licence fee payer.
The BBC doesn’t actually employ licence fee collectors directly. Instead it hires the private firm Capita and last year the BBC signed another 8 year contract with Capita worth a staggering £560 million – I wonder how many of Capita’s bosses are lucratively connected to Minister’s, MP’s and indeed bosses at the BBC?
Last year alone collecting agents knocked on the doors of nearly 4 million householders suspected of non-payment and as stated earlier some 180,000 of these were prosecuted for not having paid the BBC its £145.50 licence fee.
I wonder how far meebal.com would get if it lobbied the Government to create legislation that would force people to pay for a service that they may or may not want?
Of course that’s a ludicrous idea, completely unthinkable and in fact utter madness – unfortunately that’s exactly what the BBC continues to do year in, year out and it’s all protected by those you voted into Government.
The BBC did respond to questions over the loss of revenue as a spokesman stated that the BBC collected £3.7 billion last year and that some 5.8 per cent of households attempted to evade the licence fee. According to the BBC it has a ‘duty’ to enforce the law on those who evade.
I have to stay I’m tempted to see if I could apply for a Dick Turpin licence so that I too could robbed the taxpayer under the protection of the law.
It is in my view little more than legalized theft but with reams of legislation being created in order to extract every last penny we earn it is little wonder that the BBC will continue to defend its position as Britain’s bastion of truth – so morally detached has the BBC become that it would unlikely survive without legislation in place to protect its vast revenue income.