A new ICM poll for the Telegraph has revealed that 70 percent of the British public believes the coercive £145.50 a year British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) licence fee should be cut.
But it’s not really good enough, considering that British television owners are forced by their government, by threat of fine or prison, to prop up an international monopoly in the form of the BBC.
It might even be excusable (though not really) if the BBC was truly impartial, but as the public has learned in recent years, it cannot run a tight ship morally, financially, or journalistically, as scandal upon scandal has beset the behemoth.
And yet, like the National Health Service (NHS), many on the Left (and some on the Right), convince themselves that these institutions are somehow justified. The most common reason you’ll hear is, “It’s our voice to the world. It’s a brilliant broadcaster that promotes Britain globally. It provides quality that planet Earth would miss were it not to exist!” And supposedly, we’re the colonialists on the Right?
To excuse the BBC on the basis of cultural colonialism (tongue firmly in cheek) is risible, and I’ve yet to hear a reason why every television owner should be forced to pay for the BBC, regardless as to whether or not they consume from it.
“Nearly half of those questioned – 49 per cent – said the charge should be scrapped entirely, while a further 21 per cent said the current £145.50 price should be reduced.
“There was wide support for the idea of the BBC developing alternative sources of income, such as through advertising, while ending its funding from the licence fee.
“Only one in 10 voters was willing to see the fee increase in line with inflation when ministers next re-write the BBC’s Charter in 2016.”
“Almost twice as many people think the BBC has a leftwing bias as believe it favours the right, according to a new Opinium/Observer poll.”
So much like the burdensome bureaucratic institutions around the world that are crumbling in terms of public opinion under increased scrutiny, the BBC’s days are numbered.
The same applies for the European Union, for the National Health Service, and for the government-backed green lobby.
Because you can’t buy facts.
No matter how much money governments throw towards reprogramming the public – the truth will always win out.
To anyone currently sitting on the fence – heed the warning signs.
In the BBC Question Time/Guardianista media, statism is alive and well.
But on the streets of Britain, the idea that the government should safeguard industries or monopolies, is well and truly dying.