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Television Licence : A Possession Tax

An Alternative Perspective

  1. Don't pay the UK government's television tax (also known as a 'television licence') and despite being a poor person, perhaps a single parent struggling to properly bring-up her or his children as good citizens, the judge may thrown the citizen in prison for committing a 'crime' against The State.
  2. Jail means the criminal's not-guilty-of-any-crime children are forced into the dubious 'care' of often overloaded and occasionally 'child sexual abuse tolerant' Social Services.
  3. It is a really frightening nightmare for possessing a television set and not paying The State's annual TV possession tax.
  4. The State's own radio and television broadcaster is renown for producing sub-standard programmes including dumbed-down 'brain-rot' entertainment (also popularly known as 'junk vision') and daily second- or third-rate news programmes filled with time-wasting waffle usually missing relevant details.
  5. The State's money-wasting broadcaster flies staff - always at the TV Tax payers' expense - several thousands of miles merely to appear on television news talking for a few minutes when a local reporter could have done exactly that at a fraction of the cost or the grossly overpaid BBC personality could have said those same words in a UK studio.
  6. Meanwhile the serious criminal with a lifelong United Kingdom criminal record, whether locked-up like a "dangerous life-threatening evil devil" or at home being a good and caring parent, is utterly powerless, like the rest of us, to stop The State's broadcaster wasting vast amounts of the public's cash. Effectively The State is telling the public "Shut-up. Pay-up or we will put you in prison." It is not much of a choice.
  7. Poor People Should Pay Less Tax
  8. The State occasionally accepts that some taxes, but not all and not The State's television possession tax, should be less for poorer people whose income is low. Examples of proportional taxes include:-
    • Income Tax
    • Council Tax
  9. The State's controllers, meaning wealthy Conservatives and Labour MPs, may argue that The State's TV Tax is similar to so-called 'Road Tax' (officially Vehicle Excise Duty) and therefore TV Tax is a 'usage tax'.
  10. That analogy is wrong because if one does not use one's motor vehicle on The State's roads, one does not pay The State's 'Road Tax'. Also if one possesses a motor vehicle with a non-UK registration mark, one does not pay The State's 'Road Tax' regardless whether one's vehicle uses, or does not use, The State's roads.
  11. If one does not use one's television set, one can still be declared a criminal by The State's judge and imprisoned in The State's prison despite the imprisonment costs vastly exceeding The State's annual TV Tax. It is not good value for the Tax Payers's money. But The State is vindictive rather than pragmatic, rational, realistic and sensible. The State's laws were approved by the rich and not by the poor. The State boasts that system is 'democracy'.
  12. TV Tax : A property possession tax
  13. The State's TV Tax is certainly not a genuine 'user tax' because it is payable, sometimes under duress, regardless whether, or not, the television set is used to watch television programmes or to listen to music.
  14. Blind people are exempt from The State's TV Tax, presumably because the unfortunate people can not watch television but can listen to it. The State applies a different criteria to everyone else (excluding the over 75's) who use their television to listen to digital radio stations instead of watching visual programmes.
  15. The Polish people have a natural tendency to watch Polish television supplied by satellite. The Polish people pay for the electricity use, pay for the television set and satellite aerial and pay a non-UK organisation for the subscription. Yet The State extracts a TV Tax solely on the basis that possession of a television set without payment of the TV Tax is a criminal offence.
  16. The people from South Asia (India, Pakistan and Bangladesh) especially those who can not understand much, if any, English exclusively watch non-stop satellite programmes in their chosen non-English language transmitted by non-UK broadcasters. Yet The State extracts a TV Tax solely on the basis that possession of a television set without payment of the TV Tax is a criminal offence.
  17. Viewers should pay ?
  18. The State will argue that it wishes to fund The State's own broadcaster and it is inevitable that 'everyone' in possession of a television set will watch The State's television programmes. Arrogantly The State compels those in possession of a non-working television set to pay The State's TV Tax while currently refunding the TV Tax to MP's with so-called 'second homes'.
  19. The State contends, in the words of a typical English politician,
  20. It is only fair and proportionate that everyone who watches The State's broadcaster's programmes pays a 'fair share' towards the costs of making those programmes.

  21. The State never ever considers whether The State's television programmes:-
    1. Are of interest to the TV Tax payer;
    2. Are value for the TV Tax payers' money;
    3. Are deliberately created to make private contractors rich at the TV Tax payers expense;
    4. Are paying personnel vastly excessive sums of TV Tax payers' money;
    5. Have an actual merit other than being devoid of quality and usefulness; and
    6. What ability have the TV Tax payers' to have their opinions seriously considered (excluding by a call centre run by a private contractor pretending to to be an integral part of The State's broadcaster)
  22. The State exempted the State's broadcaster from many provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The State's deliberate action was to prevent the TV Tax payers' discovering waste and financial scandals at The State's broadcaster.
  23. For the last 40 years, or longer, people in the Netherlands have enjoyed all The UK State's television programmes - free of the The UK State's TV Tax. Powerful aerial systems have received all the UK's terrestrial television programmes which were re-transmitted on Dutch national television or distributed on cable networks. Persons living near the North Sea coast could and can receive UK television programmes using their own TV aerial boosters. It is understood that all the UK's television programmes are available to everyone within Europe and North Africa from satellites. Additionally for circa £25 - £30 a digital receiver can be purchased in the UK which can decode UK terrestrial and satellite programmes.
  24. The State's TV Tax is not directed at viewers of The State's television programmes but at those who possess a television set regardless of whether it is, or is not, functioning properly. Blind and over-75's are exempt from the tax. Only televisions in the UK and not computers (desktops, smart phones, laptops or notebooks) even though those devices can receive The State's television broadcasts. The TV Tax is undoubtedly a repetitive annual tax on the possession of television sets.
  25. A (Council of Europe) Human Rights Challenge
  26. Effective from 18 May 1954 is Council of Europe treaty 9 including Protocol 1, Article 1 which reads:
  27. Protection of property

    Every natural or legal person is entitled to the peaceful enjoyment of his possessions. No one shall be deprived of his possessions except in the public interest and subject to the conditions provided for by law and by the general principles of international law.

    The preceding provisions shall not, however, in any way impair the right of a State to enforce such laws as it deems necessary to control the use of property in accordance with the general interest or to secure the payment of taxes or other contributions or penalties.

  28. If someone was given a television, perhaps when the owner died, or the owner brought an even bigger and/or better television set, and the recipient never used that television set, The State's TV Tax is still payable if the possessor of that television set wishes not be be branded as a criminal .
  29. If someone has a television set but never uses it because the person watches The State's television broadcasts at the premises of a TV Tax payer, for example

    • a relative's home
    • an elderly parent's home
    • their child's home
    • a friend's home
    • a lover's home
    • in a prison
    • in military accommodation
    the someone has to pay The State's TV Tax for having possession of a television set. The compulsion to pay The State's TV Tax is dependant not on:-

    • whether a someone watches The State's television broadcasts, or
    • whether a someone decides not to watch The State's programmes, or
    • whether a someone decides to watch non-State television broadcasters
    but on the possession of a television set.
  30. The only relief for a victim of The State's TV Tax is to dispossess himself of the offending television set.
  31. The State, often malicious, will pursue and possible cause the imprisonment of the possessor - regardless of actual ownership - of a television set.
  32. The only possibility for The State's unfairly victimised potential criminal not wishing to pay The State's TV Tax on an unused television set, is to remove his television set which he may have wanted to keep for an eventual new home or for a family member of friend returning from abroad.
  33. The effect of the TV Tax is to force the possessor to throw away or give away his property. Is this contrary to Protocol 1 Article 1 'the peaceful enjoyment of his possessions.' ?
  34. TV Tax versus Road Tax : A bizarre comparison
  35. If one 'owns' several cars, The State forces one to pay a 'Car Tax' for each vehicle despite the fact one can not humanly drive more than one vehicle simultaneously. If one 'owns' more than one television set The State bizarrely exempts one for paying TV Tax on the second and subsequent televisions - even though one can turn-on and tune-in to The State's television broadcasts on multiple television sets simultaneously.
  36. It is NOT a tax on viewers : It is a furniture possession tax on households
  37. If there are 10 people (2 parents, one grandparent, 7 children) with, for example, 6 television sets, The State demands only one TV Tax.
  38. If the grandparent lives at the same address in a self-contained flat, then The State demands an extra TV Tax.
  39. If a hypothetical second self-contained flat exists at the same address, and if one of the children occupy it, The State will punish the, for example, school aged child living in that self-contained flat with the family's third TV Tax.
18 March 2015