THE LEGALITY OF THE TV LICENCE COLLECTION PUT INTO QUESTION

End the BBC licence Fee & Stop the Internet Tax

TV licensing relies on confessions of evaders to prove their case. TV licence ‘Officers’, who are no more than pressure salespeople with the most basic training, are sent door to door to inquire about people’s viewing habits, targeting people without a TV licence. Their aim is to get as many forms signed as possible, in order to achieve their targets and get their bonuses. And indeed, every day, forms are filled and signed by who I can only assume are the most vulnerable and the most trusting people in the UK. Because who else would sign a confession of having committed a crime without having talked to a solicitor first?

The form used by TV licensing (see below) is designed to appear innocuous: it doesn’t have an official title, it doesn’t contain a legal statement and is filed out by the TV licensing representative. The lack of title makes it…

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