Why should I have to pay for the BBC if I never watch
it or if I resent having to fund the many programmes
which cross the line of decency?
Personally, I haven't paid a penny for the BBC in nearly
four years - since just after Jerry Springer, the
Opera was screened on BBC2 despite tens of thousands
of requests by telephone and email to abandon it.
It went ahead, so I abandoned the BBC. Cancelling my
licence was well worth doing as I rediscovered the art
of reading and began appreciating the beauty of nature
and so on. I could sleep at night knowing that I don't
pay for the dumbed-down, out of touch with reality,
debauched and debasing BBC.
This latest grizzly instalment of BBC self-destruction
comes courtesy of Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross. The
former is allegedly a comedian and Ross is as well known
for being grossly overpaid as he is for his speech impediment,
although it sadly didn't impede his ability to shout
out, "he f***ed your granddaughter," onto
Andrew Sachs' answering machine.
In case you're the one who has missed the story, it
Phillips said, "The issue here is not just
the use of profanities, but the cruelty and indeed sadism
in the desire to torment an unsuspecting elderly man
and his family."
"This is so far beyond the pale that one has to
ask whether it was fuelled by either alcohol or drugs.
If not, it suggests behaviour bordering on the psychopathic
in its total absence of awareness of the effect upon
another person of such abuse."
At a time when people are calling for positive role
models for young men, thanks mainly to damage caused
by social engineering to deliberately undermine family
life, we get Ross and Brand.
Standards at the BBC continue to plummet and it is
hard to see a reversal unless people stop giving them
the money they need to accommodate six million pound
egos like Jonathan Ross's.
Why pay for sickness? Boycott with me. You can still
watch your DVDs and videos - that's what TV Licensing
told me. Especially if you are affected by the 'credit
crunch' why not cut the umbilical cord to broadcast
Even without a telly, TV Licensing officers can get
carried away by the power they think they have (but
do not have).
I have just found this Freedom
of Information request that states that Licensing
officers have no legal right of entry without the householder's
permission (or a search warrant). Might be worth me
printing it off in case the 'enforcement officers' try
After a couple of threatening letters (I don't watch
broadcast TV, only DVDs), I telephoned TV Licensing
and told them they were not going to get access to my
home as in this country one is presumed innocent until
proven guilty and that they could park their detector
van outside all year if they wanted.
The chap marked me down as not requiring a licence
and I've not had any trouble from them since. That was
about 6 months ago.
You do hear about people being persecuted, though,
and I would say that if you know someone who this is
happening to - likely a soft target like an old person
or a single mother - get the neighbours to rally around
if the Licensing officers reappear and meet them with
I listened to the broadcast of the Russell Brand Show
and it is amazing that large wads of licence-payers'
hard-earned cash can be spent on two 'adults' behaving
like they are yobs with a tape recorder pretending to
make a radio show.
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