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Daylight Robbery

I see that the Conservative Party have pledged to end the BBC's license monopoly if and when they are voted back into power. Not this century then.

The first time, parliamentarians have broken ranks and have decided that the BBC is a monopoly of kinds, exercising a license fee on the general population which seems very close to extortion in the eyes of some.

Why, in God's name, should I have to pay to watch television I ask? The BBC, after all, rolls-out a constant diet of mindless and politically-oriented rubbish and game shows for the underclass audience and counts 'Holby City' and 'Eastenders' among its programming triumphs.

I rarely if ever watch the BBC which appears to hold an idealised vision of Britain as a multi-cultural playground and has thrown any responsible sense of morality and responsibility out of the window in exchange for 'on message' trendiness.

Ah but I'm told that it does wonderful documentaries and has a world-leading news site. This is apparently worth £116 a year but if you happen to watch BBC Breakfast News, you'll understand why I watch Sky News instead.

No, the BBC has been a protected animal because the politicians were frightened of its power. However, since the last local elections, any sense of an unbiased political stance has been lost and the Conservatives have realised that hoping for any sense of balance from a left-wing dominated news organisation is as pointless as expecting good press from 'The Socialist Worker'.

The BBC will however fight to the last. The license fee is worth too much and without it, the organisation would have to compete on merit as opposed to political influence.

George Orwell, like communism, was a 20th century phenomenon and he happened to work for the BBC. Neither have a claim to the 21st century other than as examples of how the broadcast medium can exist quite comfortably as an extension of political authority.


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