An "enforcement manager" at TV licensing has sent me a letter informing me that I don't need a TV license.They word it very poorly of course.
It is illegal to watch programmes as they are being shown on TV without a TV License - no matter what device you use.
But the gist of it is, since I disconnected the aerial from my TV in September and haven't used it to watch broadcast TV since, I don't need a license. The rest of the letter seems to be an attempt to bury this information (which I already knew) in non-credible threats to take me to court.
Or take someone to court, anyway. I don't think you can arrange a summons for "The Legal Occupier". The magistrate will probably want to know a name or something. I'm not a solicitor or course. This is not legal advice.
There are other gems:
If you're found guilty, evidence collected during an enforcement visit to your property could be used by the court to decide the penalty for TV license evasion.
I'd like to think that evidence of some kind will be needed at earlier stages of the process. Like, for example, before even requiring me to turn up at court, and certainly at some point before I can be "found guilty".
And anybody turning up on my property expecting to perform an "enforcement visit" had better have the right paperwork and be accompanied by a police officer, because I'm pretty sure petty bureaucrats and their minions don't have the legal authority to enter my home uninvited.For me, this is a win-win-win situation.
- If they give up and leave me alone, I win.
- If they take me to court, they can't prove I need a licence (because I truly don't), and I win.
- Either way, I'm not paying Nick Robinson's salary any more. I win.
The only way to stop this investigation from going any further is to do one of the following:
- Buy a TV License [...] (Nope)
The third other way is to let the investigation stall due to lack of evidence and end up costing them time and money, at no cost of either to myself. I choose this path for three reasons.
- Let us know why you don't need one at tvlicensing.co.uk/noTV [...]
- While they pursue me, others who are more vulnerable may be spared. If enough people do the same, maybe the whole coercive and bullying practice will become infeasible, and a certain "enforcement manager" can apply for a useful job.
- I stopped paying for a TV license in disgust at the BBC. Withdrawing my voluntary payment is only so effective; actually costing them money is a delicious bonus.
- I object in principle to taking on the burden of showing why I don't have to pay for something I'm not using. It should surely be on them to prove I need to.