Readers of Charles Moore's Spectator column will be familiar with the TV Licencing authorities. He will be glad to know that he has just recruited someone else to the cause. Me. Just before Christmas I bought a new TV for my bedroom, which also doubles as my office. A few days ago I received a very rude letter from TV Licensing telling me they had no record of me buying a licence at my address and what was I going to do about it? They said that unless I could prove my address had a licence they would take me to court. Excuse me? Do they not have a computer? It would tell them, if they bothered to look, that my house does indeed have a valid licence.
I have absolutely no intention of cooperating with their petty bureaucracies, which only serve to protect jobs which should never exist in the first place. It's not up to me to prove my house has a licence. It's up to them to prove it doesn't. They might find that a tad difficult.