Why I don’t pay for a television license. This applies to the United Kingdom only, and it is not intended as legal advice).
Television licences are issued by the Television Licencing Authority in the United Kingdom, and the revenue collected from their sale goes to fund the British Broadcasting Corporation, enabling it to carry out its function as a Public Service Broadcaster. So far so wonderful because, even if they carry such reprehensible rubbish as Russell Brand, they are a very respectable organisation, which I hold in far higher esteem than any other broadcasting platform I know.
However, the licences are payable by the public partly so that the BBC will then be impartial, not able to be swayed by one political party or another – which again is laudable. But on the basis that he who pays the piper calls the tune, and following the logic thrown up by this unique and democratic funding arrangement, the BBC should not, then, take money from any political or governmental organisation. Organisations, for example, like the European Union.
You, the British citizen, may think what you like about the great European project: personally, I have a brace of arguments both for it and agin it. But it seems to me that if we have an impartial broadcast media (the suggestion that it is possible any more to have an impartial press would be enough to get one fitted up for the strait-jacket), then it should be impartial on all sides, which means no finance-inspired Euro-creep. But if the Beeb pockets handouts from Brussels, it can do without more of my money.
Incidentally, there’s another reason I don’t have a television licence. I don’t have a television…