The unspeakable BBC parks its tanks on my lawn

Guest opinion By Christopher Monckton of Brenchley

One of the chief reasons why the governing class in Britain near-unanimously supports the climate alarmists is the unspeakable BBC, which, for decades now, has relentlessly endorsed every overblown, half-baked prediction by the profiteers of doom. If it has given coverage to skeptics at all, has done so sparingly and sneeringly.

Its charter and its agreement with the Secretary of State oblige it to be impartial, but it has decided not to be. The bad news, from the BBC’s point of view, is that John Whittingdale, the newly-appointed Cabinet Minister responsible for the BBC’s many sins, has little time for the organization, whose coverage of the recent UK general election was even more biased against the eventually successful Tories than usual.

The Cabinet are out for blood. Well, the best step they could take would be to abolish the BBC license fee of $250 a year (£145.50, to be exact) – not far short of a dollar a day – which everyone who watches any live program on television, whether or not the BBC broadcast it, is obliged by law, on pain of criminal conviction for a misdemeanor, to pay. Let the BBC live by attracting advertising, like everyone else.

I do not pay. I discovered some years ago, when we lived in a remote Highland glen where no television signal could penetrate, that one thinks more independently if one is not constantly exposed to the plethora of pusillanimous, politically-correct prejudices that our news channels provide. I have long given up watching live TV.

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The BBC employs an army of “TV license inspectors” – known to the growing unlicensed community as “goons”. Each goon, tamquam leo rugiens, prowls about with a television detector van, quaerens quem devoret.

When the detector vans first came into use, the then Postmaster-General, Lord de la Warr, said he did not want to create an army of snoopers. The vans (see above) were accordingly made as obvious as possible. When I was a lad, we used to throw doubtful tomatoes at them as they passed, or put mouldy potatoes up their tailpipes: that works better than the banana that Axel Foley used in Beverly Hills Cop (which I didn’t watch on live TV, officer, honest I didn’t).

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Some of the vans (see above) looked like clothes-horses. We often festooned them with pairs of knickers from people’s washing lines, so that they could have gone into the rag trade by the time they returned to base.

The point is that Britain does not like snoopers. An Englishman’s home is his castle – and, in a more real sense, a Scotsman’s home too. The goons, though, are actually very skilled at what they do. Astonishingly, one criminal conviction in every ten in Britain is for evading payment of the TV licence.

A government sufficiently angry with the BBC’s anti-capitalist, anti-enterprise, anti-Tory, anti-carbon, anti-fracking, anti-Britain, anti-freedom, anti-everything bias to take away the absurdly anachronistic licence fee would cut criminality in Britain by 10% at a stroke.

Indeed, it might well cut crime by a good bit more than that, because often it is petty offenses that lead people from the straight and narrow into a life of crime.

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The detector vans now come in two kinds: the visible ones, intended to deter, and the unmarked ones, intended to deceive. Gone is Lord de la Warr’s pious intention not to create an army of snoopers. Most of the vans are now furtive: not such an obvious target for us street brats and our rotten fruit.

The goons write once a month to every one of the 6% of British households that does not have a TV licence. The best legal advice is never, ever to reply. If they turn up at the doorstep, never, ever let them in and never, ever answer any question they ask.

Make them go and get a warrant, but serve them with a schedule of your time-costs before they go. Then, if they return with a warrant, you can charge them whatever you want for having your time wasted. And always video everything they say and do. Half the time they’ll turn and flee as soon as they know they’re on camera.

The goons will often demand your name. Nothing in the law requires you to give it. You are obliged to render them all reasonable assistance in inspecting your equipment. And not a whit more.

On YouTube they have been caught out not only trying to entrap innocent citizens unlawfully but also plugging in unplugged TVs so that they can then say the equipment was capable of receiving a signal.

You can refuse to let them in unless the court confirms a warrant has indeed been issued. The goons can also be legitimately refused entry, even with a warrant, unless and until the BBC or the police have confirmed to you that their identity card is not a fake.

When the goons prove their warrant and their identity and come in, they are entitled to do only one thing: inspect your television, or any other equipment (such as a computer) that may be capable of receiving live TV.

You are allowed to watch recorded programs without a license, but – strange though this must seem to those born in freedom – you must not watch or record live programs without one.

You can watch catch-up TV without a licence. So, if you don’t mind waiting an hour or two or a day or two, you can lawfully watch just about any TV program.

On YouTube there are hundreds of videos of goons penetrating people’s homes, usually without a warrant. In some videos, when householders have refused to give their names, the goons have menaced them with the offense of failing to co-operate.

It is indeed an offense, more serious than that of not having a licence, to fail to assist the goons in inspecting your equipment if they ask, but it is not an offense to refuse to answer any questions other than questions about how your TV works. Specifically, the law does not oblige you to give your name, or to answer any questions about what you do or do not watch. So don’t.

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Shortly after we set up house in Edinburgh, the goons parked a gray, unmarked van with blacked-out rear and side windows (above: the licence-plate is not genuine, for by convention we don’t picture real ones) at the front of the house.

They left the engine running for 45 minutes, which is actually illegal under anti-pollution laws: but in some of the vans that is the only way they can power their detectors.

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Recently, having sent me a letter saying they would take no action till 14 May, on 12 May they parked not one but two unmarked detector vans with blacked-out windows (above, and note the perpetual sunshine that Scotland enjoys each May) outside my house. Entrapment may be unlawful in the U.S., but, shamefully, it is lawful here.

However, if They can detect us, we can detect Them. After I had gone out and ostentatiously photographed the vans from every angle, They drove off, mutteringly disappointed.

Next, They tried doing drive-by shootings, using the same vans. However, we again detected Them trying to detect us. Frankly, it wouldn’t have mattered what vans They’d used. We have the technology. We’re used to defending our property. Once our yacht – a magnificent Flying Fifteen was sent to the bottom of Loch Rannoch and stove in by two RAF Chinooks flying far too low one night and clouting the masthead.

We installed certain devices and, when the RAF police arrived to take our complaint, we showed them a picture of a Tornado fighter flying just 50 feet above our North Lawn. It had been taken from 3000 feet above the lawn. They went white. “How did you get that?” they asked. “We have the technology,” I replied, “but I’m not telling you how we did it.” They still don’t know.

The excessive low flying, which had been a pest for decades and had caused dreadful losses of livestock locally, as well as blowing slates off the roof of our steading and terrifying my late mother-in-law, who had survived the Blitz with equanimity, promptly ceased.

But I digress. I tell this tale of the license fee because, just about everywhere around the world, there is complete astonishment that we allow for a single instant this ridiculous pantomime of the licence fee and the humungous police-state snooping regime and the millions of otherwise blameless criminals it creates. And the staggering, entirely unjustifiable cost of the unspeakable, prejudiced, politically-correct BBC.

In the 21st century, in a free country, the State should not require us to subsidize its TV service to the tune of $4-5 billion a year, particularly when that TV service, in sullen and flagrant breach of its contract with the government and people, altogether refuses to provide balanced coverage of politics, and specifically of climate change.

Why should we have to pay for wall-to-wall Marxism when we can get it for free by listening to the ruling National Socialist Workers’ Party of Scotland, or the Royal Society in England?

At present, I am preparing a report to be sent to the BBC’s trust, a fumbling, toothless watchdog, demonstrating the extent of the corporation’s malevolent and systemic prejudice on the climate question, its wilful misrepresentations and its refusals to correct deliberate errors, and demanding that the trust should take certain specific steps to restore the impartiality that the law entitles the licence-fee payer to expect in return for his dollar a day.

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If the trust fails to respond promptly and properly (on past form this is very likely, for the one-sidedness of the British establishment’s opinion on climate is impenetrable, and the trust are a bunch of blancmanges), we shall complain to the Secretary of State.

If Whitto does nothing, we are gathering our forces and our finances to mount a judicial review of his administrative decision not to act as a reasonable Secretary of State would have to act on being given masses of overwhelming evidence, quietly assembled over many years, of the BBC’s rank prejudice and flagrant, in-your-face bias on the climate question.

They even lied when I took them to the High Court some years ago to make them halve the length of an objectionable 90-minute personal attack. The High Court judge said I’d substantially won the action – it’s in the transcript, and the program’s length was cut to 45 minutes and transferred to BBC 4, which no one watches – but they announced I’d lost.

The Secretary of State, on receiving our letter before action in judicial review, will require the trust to respond. If it does not respond properly to him, he will then be able to give it two choices: do its job or expect legislation to bring to an unlamented end the licence fee, the monstrous poll tax on the poor on which it lives a life of luxury and ease.

Monckton’s Test applies. The test of whether a piece of legislation has passed its smell-by date and ought to be repealed is whether anyone would dream of re-enacting it if it were done away with. No politician would dare to try to reintroduce the hated licence fee once it had been swept away. It has had its chips, as they say from the casinos of Vegas to the fish-shops of Yorkshire. Let it be abolished. Few but the BBC, the goons and the magistrates’ courts would mourn its passing.

You may ask why this has not been done long before now. Margaret Thatcher tried her best. She appointed a sound and saintly but other-worldly academic philosopher to review the licence fee, but he was so impressed by the independent TV companies saying how “special” the BBC was that he left the fee in place.

I saw him some years later and explained to him, as to a child – which he splendidly was in all matters of this world – that the independent companies were the indirect beneficiaries of the licence fee, for otherwise they would have the BBC competing with them for advertising. The licence fee thus subsidizes – and Leftizes – all TV stations in Britain. They didn’t want Auntie – as the BBC is known – sharing their cake.

He saw the point at once. But by then it was far too late. However, John Whittingdale will not bother to set up another enquiry. He is the sort to take swift, decisive and – to the BBC – deadly action. By this time you may be wondering whether he and I are in cahoots. You might think that. I couldn’t possibly comment.

Now that Auntie has parked her tanks on my lawn, I’m going to park mine on hers. Mine are bigger, and they serve the cause of truth, justice, and the British way. Perhaps, once the existing corrupt organization has been purged and the red-blooded Marxists replaced with blue-blooded capitalists, we can have Top Gear back.

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380 thoughts on “The unspeakable BBC parks its tanks on my lawn

  1. If the BBC was cut down to size, they would have to curtail advertising jobs in the Guardian (the “House Journal” of the BBC).
    Two birds with one stone!

    • Not only that – since all media jobs are advertised in the Guardian, maybe a reformed BBC could start a move to other outlets when advertising for staff. Without the media, social services and teaching job ads, the Guardian would fold pdq – and what a welcome event that would be.
      At least we don’t subsidise the Guardian’s leftie propaganda in any other way, unlike the way we are forced to subsidese the BBC to push their PC lies down out throats. Their election coverage this time round was quite scandalous, esp on the night.

      • Actually we DO subsidise the Guardian. The publically funded BBC both buys massive numbers of the paper and by guaranteeing appearances of their top “journalists” (Toynbee, Owens et al) subsidises their salaries

  2. Some 200,000 court cases are held in the UK every year for “payment” issues of the TV/Radio tax (Thats what it is). Of that some 200 actually are sent to jail! For not paying a TV tax???! Crazy! But I remember the TV ad’s in the 1970’s about the “detector vans”! I did see one onece in about 1974… lol…

    • You can listen to the radio without any licence. A licence is only required for live TV, but does not apply to recorded TV made available on BBC iPlayer (Monckton does have this one right).

    • There was a time when one did need a “receiving” v license to listen to mains powered radio. That was a long long time ago when the BBC was first formed, and I have not lived in the UK for 20 years, so has probably changed.

  3. Strange to over time observe them they beeing mostly Critical and now conform over Our Western society? What happened?

  4. A good read! As for the Flying Fifteen, I have a classic one I rescued from certain demise still awaiting the new decking and refit (all present and correct), in case His Lordship would be interested, I should let him have it for nothing for his services to the skeptic cause!
    Personally, I agree with everything he states about the BBC – it is arrogant, deceitful and downright belligerent! Go get ’em, Sir!

    • The Government should sell the BBC to Rupert Murdoch! Only a dream, alas, but it’s fun imagining the immediate self-combustion of the Left.

  5. I refused to pay the UK “TV tax” on principal when I lived there. I payed enough tax as it was. I also refused to pay the “TV tax” in New Zealand (NZ) for the same reasons. Although buying a new TV…sheesh, the ID needed was beyond reason. Anyone in the US would think you were buying a shotgun!!!! But, in NZ a tax on a tax was illegal. So the TV “fee” was deemed a “tax” and that “tax” had GST (A tax) applied to it thus illegal. The case brought against the Govn’t (Circa 1997 I think) won. So now in NZ you don’t pay a “TV tax”, but you “pay” in gutter TV content. Bit like reading The Sun in the UK, page 3 is about as many would venture. Same here in Aus, No “TV tax”, gutter (American – Sorry guys but the many programs transmitted here are from America and are shy*e!).

    • Patrick- I have “expanded” cable here in the US and have approximately 300 channels of the same shy*e you are forced to watch. We are soon getting 1 GB Internet here and when that happens the plug is going to be pulled. Once that happens I can get what I want on-line and save a ton in the process.
      It’s surprising what most of the public will put up with. We have PBS here but subsidies have been cut and they are forced to rely on fundraising and commercial sponsorship. Interesting their programming has gotten a little more mainstream since then.

      • i cut the cord 2 years ago. No problem at all save for missing some sports. If you want to get pissed off, just turn on the news over the Air, and bingo.
        A question…. My teen – twenties kids absolutely do not watch tv and they lean very right in all political theory despite best efforts of their teachers. Is the left going to lose its young base without this traditional indoctrination machine?

    • Hi Patrick!
      I am in complete agreement as to the er, ahem …. ‘quality’ of much, or most, American TV.
      I pretty much quit watching it…… oh, longer ago than I care to mention.
      Nowadays, if I want to watch something, I can choose WHAT and WHEN I watch via the Web.

    • A mate of mine from the UK who now lives in Thailand sells a device that can stream almost any content from the internet, sort of a “Netflix” type thing. Stream what you want when you want and bins all the adverts. At least 45% of airtime TV in Aus is ads, repeats or “news”.
      To be fair, there are some good American TV shows like “The Big Bang Theory”, but we also have “The Bold and The Beautiful”, “Pawn Stars” and something to do with a bunch of people bidding for abandoned luggage. I mean, what gives? Who comes up with this carp?

  6. The CBC here in Canada has the same biases as the BBC, but we don’t have to deal with the same “license” fees and detector vans. However, the CBC requires a $1 billion bailout per year to function, this amount provided by the taxpayers of course. Why invest in snooper vans when they can extract it directly from the taxpayers?

    • I live in Ottawa, 10 or so blocks from Parliament and am unable to get any TV reception at all. I refuse to pay the cable company (wogers) 80$/month to get to see the channels I would like. Thank God I almost never see the CBC except when we are traveling and then I find most of what they have not to be worth watching. The apartment buildings north and south of our house block almost all signals. I suggest to my faux gliberal mp that we close the CBC down but he never sends me an answer.

      • I complained about the CBC for years. Especially on Saturday night – they held much of Canada captive with Hockey Night In Canada yet did little advertising with the exception of promoting their own (mostly) silly programs where actors were expected to speak with British accents. Socialist television does not like to advance free market business. Environmentalism including climate change was solely David Suzuki and his left agenda..

    • PaulH re Canada. In Oz the same, no licence fee but we pay 1.5 billion a year for leftist-green propaganda from aunty ABC. Practically all commentators and certainly all journalists are on the left. 40% are painted green the rest extreme left wing. No conservatives visible. The constant BS about “climate change” is overwhelming. They seem to live in their own fantasy world.

  7. Sadly, I think it is time for the Licence Fee to go. The BBC make a big song & dance about it & the “unique” way ib which it is funded enabling it to make high quality programmes. However, in light of its blatant bias, the meetin of the “28”, a few years ago in which it arbitrarily decided it was nolonger going to be “impartial” on global warming on the basis of the “weight of evidence”. It is very true what Lord Monkton says, both he & Dellingpole were made out to appear odd &/or foolish people on recent porgrammes where they feigned impartiallity. The Licence Fee must go!

  8. I grew up in a house without electricity and my mother continued living there until the 1990s, still without electricity. In her later years she had an ongoing battle with the goons over her TV Tax. She used to take a great deal of pleasure writing back to every letter inviting them to visit to check there was no electricity and hence no TV. This went on for quite a while, and included some phone calls if my memory serves me right. Eventually after more than one visit she was left in peace, I have my suspicions that the detector vans used to pass by fairly regularly just to check.
    They were very keen in those days to catch out a potential dodger even though she was in her 70s whereas now she wouldn’t have had to pay.

    • Sandy, I have a feeling the vans area bit of a hoax themselves.
      “The goons write once a month to every one of the 6% of British households that does not have a TV licence. The best legal advice is never, ever to reply. If they turn up at the doorstep, never, ever let them in and never, ever answer any question they ask.”
      They try to intimidate people into registering and paying because ‘detecting’ a TV is not that easy. I am sure the ‘obvious vans’ were 100% fakery with nothing inside that could ‘detect’ a TV that was switched off. In the old days the flyback voltage could be detected and looking for 59.94 HZ (NTSC and early PAL) in a 50 HZ household gave them a change, at least. Neighbours reporting was more likely.
      The problem is anything with a screen had the same frequencies so even if it was on, they’d have to literally see it. Unplugging everything would make detection far more difficult. They would have to ping it one way or another. For a modern LED set it would be very difficult if it is not turned on.
      The ‘detection’ was primarily, like the example of your mother with no licence, chasing and harassing people without one hoping some of them were watching and hoping to guilt some of those into paying. This business of charging for junk you didn’t want assisted by political correctness and guilt backed by curious laws no one is individually in favour of sounds a great deal like climate alarmism.

      • I agree that the goons are trying to guilt people into paying. However, detection of radio or TV receivers is real. Receivers emit a weak radio frequency signal from their local oscillators. This weak signal can be detected by a van equipped with detector gear.
        During WWII the Royal Navy used similar technology to direction find German S-boats. The Germans did not normally transmit with their radios but they had to have their radios switched on to receive instructions from shore based radar operators. After 1941, though, the Germans began shielding the LO emissions from their radios.
        During 1943 a POW told the Germans that the Allies were locating U-boats by homing in LO emissions from the U-boat’s radar detectors. It wasn’t true, but the well placed lie caused the Germans to put into effect all kinds of unneeded counter measures.

      • There is (Was?) a thing called a “stautory right of entrance” to your home whereby *any* employee from say the gas board, power company, council and of course TV “inspectors” were, legally, alowed entrance to your home. I am not sure if this is the case anymore. But, yes, I have seen these types (Albeit just doing their job) stuff their foot in the door to try to prevent my parents from shutting the door. My parents method worked almost every time to the detriment of the offending foot!

    • The used to detect the leak up the antenna of the local oscillator frequency so they could tell which programme you were watching.
      I checked the TV schedules today for the 40 plus channels available for free, I selected one repeat on the BBC, perhaps it’s time to cancel my license.

  9. Wow, I remember that back in 2000 when I lived with my family in the village of Dalham in Suffolk County near New Market. As Americans we were flabbergasted by not only having to pay a TV tax but the magnitude of hatred from the little notes the “goons” left. After months of threats my father finally walked the inspector in, showed him our American TV plugged into a transformer, walked him back out, and told him to leave us alone. It worked, they left us alone after that and we spent more time fixing up the thatch roof cottage grounds and riding bikes around Suffolk County than watching TV.

    • The UK TV “tax” applies to any BBC live boadcast of TV, radio or live stream TV or radio on ANY device. Yonks ago one would have to pay just to listen to MAINS powred radio.

      • When I went to university, I was told that I had to buy a licence for my transistor radio, as it was now being used away from my parents’ house.

      • Not quite Patrick
        The BBC licence fee is required for any live broadcast, whether from the BBC or not.
        I f you just watch Sky TV, you are still required, by law, to pay the BBC

      • Muke B
        makes the material point, namely you have to pay to watch live television even if you do not watch any BBC TV. That is what is wrong with the system, being forced to pay even if you do not watch any BBC rogramme content.
        .
        Can you imagine how a Mirror reader (the Mirror is a left leaing tabloid newspaper) would react if every time they bought that newspaper they were required to pay say 30 pence to the Telegraph (a right leaning broadsheet newspaper) even though they do not read the Telegraph.
        Can you imagine the uproar that would be caused if a ‘tax’ was imposed on say Halal meat which ‘tax’ went to subsidise pig breeders
        It is unacceptable to force people to subscribe to a political party and the BBC is the mouthpiece of any political party leaning to the left of the labour party when the person who is forced to subscibe holds different views. The BBC have given up reporting news lond ago. It is now the opinion according to the BBC. Just watch a news broadcast and see how little fact is reported and the majority of the programme is taken up by the political editor, business editor or whatever relevant correspondent being interviewed by the newsreader, or just presenting a piece to camera.
        It is a basic human right to be able to watch TV, and there are many single and lonely people whose only significant form of entertainment is TV. Why cannot those people watch everything other than BBC channels and then not having to pay any licence fee.
        All modern TVs and set top boxes can be used to block BBC channels (ie., some decoding card required or pincode). It is about time the licence fee was scrapped and those who wish to watch everything other than BBC channels can do so for free (but bombarded with adverts), and those who wish to additionally watch the BBC pay a subscription.
        Personally I would never pay for the BBC due to its bias, even though I would lose out since the BBC do make some good programmes. As they say, principles are costly, and as a matter of principle I would not support the BBC by paying a licence fee. If it was impartial (and I include its stance on climate change in this), I would happily pay the fee since I consider that £145 is good value notwithstanding the huge waste that goes on in that corporation (and I know the extent of that very well as my sister’s boyfriend worked for the BBC and I use to regularly hang out in its subsidised bars).

      • “MikeB
        May 18, 2015 at 11:47 am”
        My memory is not what it used to be, even though it’s pretty good most of the time. And in hindsight, it was what I meant. As we know, the whole thing is a scam, A license to listen to raido? Another to watch black and white TV? Another to watch colour TV? It was farcical after colour broadcasts were made.

      • “richard verney
        May 18, 2015 at 1:08 pm
        Can you imagine the uproar that would be caused if a ‘tax’ was imposed on say Halal meat which ‘tax’ went to subsidise pig breeders”
        This happens in Australia right now. We even pay a “halal” tax on…chocolate!

      • I haven’t had a working TV since the US upgraded to digital. But I don’t miss it. Most of the shows I care about can be found on the Internet if you know where to look.

  10. If Christopher Monckton did not exist, we would have to invent him. Every day, BBC ‘journalists’ betray its public broadcasting charter. It shamelessly follows the Establishment line, whatever it happens to be. If the Establishment decided that eating babies was a good thing, the BBC would instantly have several cookery programmes with celebrity chefs demonstrating the best cuts of baby and devising elegant sauces to accompany the dishes. Thank God that people like Christopher Monckton have the will, the energy and the spirit to tackle these leftist vipers who suck the lifeblood from the nation. Go get ’em Christopher!

    • I’m beginning to wonder if the Brits really do have a ministry of funny walks.

    • I don’t think you can claim that the BBC follows an Establishment line….. it follows a BBC line – perhaps even worse!!

  11. The idea of a TV tax / license is as crazy as taxing air (CO2).
    Per detector vans, seems like some cheap oscilators on the right frequencies could drive them nuts. While the use of a protective cage around the TV could block detection. Metal cabinet with clear front of grounded conductive surface would do it.
    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transparent_conducting_film
    Just close the cabinet when a knock on the door comes…
    I often travel with a TV tuner for my laptop (coat about $60) so in theory I could be a criminal at airport arrival… who knew…

    • The thing about ‘detector vans ’is a red herring. Every household in the UK is on a database and that database records if the address has a TV Licence or not. If not, you get a visit from the friendly TV inspector, irrespective of whether you have a TV, watch a TV or not.

      • MikeB and Ric
        Both correct. It was mostly guessing. If they looked for power supplies, they were 50 HZ or about 35k for switching power supplies. But could be literally anything. It seems to have relied on The List and fear mongering. These days they have a different climate list and fear mongering. Typical. Same old formula applied in the new season.

  12. I’ve seen the YouTubes, which are at once hilarious and horrifying.
    Imagine how the UK would eliminate 10%++ of its criminality with the stroke of a pen. This could only be opposed by monsters.

      • But the monarchy is a national treasure too, and, like me, a net earner of international revenue. The BBC is a millstone around the necks of the poor. Keep the monarchy, elect the Lords, abolish the BBC. Sorted.

      • What is your proposal for electing the Lords? A fixed number from among all who are eligible by having been born into or granted a title? Or strictly geographically, as with Commons constituencies? Presumably by combining constituencies, as is done with US state assembly legislative districts to make senate districts.

      • It is a great shame that the old Lords was done away with,. The Lords had been stripped of its powers and was a good debating chamber. The system was antiquainted, indeed a relic, but somehow it worked quite well.
        None of the revisions made these past 20 or so years have been an improvement. Quite the contrary. Now we have the largest 2nd chamber in the world stuffed full of cronies. It is no better capable than before the various changes, and is vastly more expensive and because of patronage less objective.
        The House of Commons should be cut to about 300 MPs. The 2nd chamber should no longer be called the House of Lords and should consist of no more than 150 people. They should work say 48weeks a year with 3 of these weeks being given to the conference season (2 of those weeks will therefore be a holiday for many). Since there is no point in simply duplicating the House of Commons, the 2nd chamber should be elected differently.
        It should be compulsory to qualify for either chamber that the candidate has at least 10 perhap 15 years experience in employment in a real profit making business (not PR, advertising, lobbying consultants, research assistants). In fact, it would not be a bad idea if people were automatically debarrred from candidature if they had worked in PR, advertising, lobbying consultants, research assistants etc.

        • And none of the candidates should follow any political party, just their own consciences.

      • @richard verney: Why work them that hard? The Texas legislature meets for 6 weeks every other year — and still gets everything necessary done, even though a “sunset law” requires all their state agencies to be reauthorized every ten years. They should be the model for the world.

    • No one is forced to pay a subscription/tax to support hereditary titles. Indeed, most titled families pay copious amounts of inheretence tax as estates are passed on, although with the right trust set up and tax planning this can be minimised.
      What is repugnant is the generous fees that are paid to land owners to allow the erection of a wind turbine on their land. That is robbing the poor to pay the rich; but hey that is typically a greenie thing to do so you probably have no concerns at that inequity.

      • Indeed, most titled families pay copious amounts of inheretence tax as estates are passed on, although with the right trust set up and tax planning this can be minimised.

        Some estates passed with 50% tax to an elderly relative who promptly died leaving it to someone else in the family, with another 50% tax. It is very distressing to say the last, to have to buy one’s own place back at full value. One resolves this by calling the National Trust for an appointment. They even took the swans on the moat.

  13. see the europrobe.org 2012 – 015 The Great Global Warming Fraud and 015 – 054 The Sinister History of the BBC  MG From: Watts Up With That? To: mickgreenhough@yahoo.co.uk Sent: Monday, 18 May 2015, 16:03 Subject: [New post] The unspeakable BBC parks its tanks on my lawn #yiv7450545521 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv7450545521 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv7450545521 a.yiv7450545521primaryactionlink:link, #yiv7450545521 a.yiv7450545521primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv7450545521 a.yiv7450545521primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv7450545521 a.yiv7450545521primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv7450545521 WordPress.com | Guest Blogger posted: “Guest opinion By Christopher Monckton of BrenchleyOne of the chief reasons why the governing class in Britain near-unanimously supports the climate alarmists is the unspeakable BBC, which, for decades now, has relentlessly endorsed every overblown, ha” | |

  14. The BBC does produce some of the best TV fiction programming in the world, which goes to show government supported programs doesn’t have to be all bad.
    Unfortunately the idiots in charge have a much lower ability to think than ability to stuff their bellies; non-fiction TV becomes an easy and practical method to keep their bellies full.
    It is amazing how reality often is infinitely stranger than fiction. I doubt any BBC fiction writer could have imagined “snooper goon vans”, leading to 200,000 court cases a year and 10% of all criminal convictions.

    • Alx is right. You coulnd’t make this up. No one would believe you.
      In the last year for which figures are available, TV licensing prosecutions accounted for more than 1 in 8 of all prosecutions in the magistates’ courts, which in turn handle 98% of all criminal cases. Some 153,000 were prosecuted and nearly all of them were given rubber-stamp convictions.

      • I am waiting for the Goon Police to come here (USA), as I have been watching BBC series many times over the years using Internet Proxies/TOR. I do pay for BBC America, but it ain’t the same.
        Good luck idiots.

    • In Albuquerque New Mexico IIRC the city, they have Lawn Police who come by to measure your lawn size and verify the grass type. Yes, lawns must conform…
      In San Jose california, too much IR or smoke from the fireplace chimney gets you busted on cold still air days (or whenever the authorities decide you ought not use your fireplace…) New fireplaces are illegal.
      It isn’t just the British who have daft laws…

      • Not to mention Housing Associations, which Stalin would be proud of (a topic all of its’ own).

    • “The BBC does produce some of the best TV fiction programming in the world, which goes to show government supported programs doesn’t have to be all bad.”
      They produce so much stuff that they occasionally, and by accident, produce something worth watching. Once they discover how good it is, they generally take it off (like Top Gear).
      Considering their funding – £3.7bn per year – it would be a considerable feat to make only terrible programmes. They often manage it for weeks on end though.
      They must also have a CO2 footprint the size of Algore, considering the number of people they fly around the world at the drop of a hat. 400 I believe for the Beijing Olympics.
      So, another bunch of lefty hypocrites then…

      • I did hear that the BBC paid Russell Brand more than the entire budget of Radio 5. I would not be surprised if Clarkson was up there as well.

      • The BBC also make a considerble ‘killing’ on selling the products they produce around the world therefore they aren’t averse to the concept of commercialisation, hence let (make) them take advertising to support their position.
        For the viewer it is not now, nor has it ever been, about the money (licence fee) since many, many people happily pay over £700 ($1,000) per year subscribing to SkyTV – and they have to pay the BBC licence fee ON TOP! It’s the principle. The BBC licence fee is mandatory and you get harrassed even if you DON’T have a TV set as they don’t seem to accept the principle that some people actually don’t use one! This is the ‘attitude’ that creates the resentment that will kill the BBC licence fee.
        Personally, I simply refuse to pay. The BBC don’t abide by their Charter therefore I don’t subscribe to financing them to break their own rules. Sue me.

  15. Let’s not throw out the baby with the bath water.
    UK talent excels – look at the casts of the big US TV series and Blockbusters.
    Our Movie studios are second to none (sorry Hollywood).
    And we have spinoff industries in fields as diverse as cutting edge special effects and armourers.
    This is because we have a vibrant TV production sector in the UK.
    Of course, Roger Harrabin needs to be sacked as he is demonstrably biased to point of deceit.
    But Harrabin and the Green bias is not the entirety of the BBC.

    • M says:
      Let’s not throw out the baby with the bath water.
      In this case, let’s.
      All those actors and producers will still be around, and they will be more free to produce the entertainment they want, without having to be politically correct if they don’t want to be.

      • In the short term, yes.
        But then they start to retire and the system that made our successful industry is gone.

      • The good crew, producers, writers, actors, etc will flourish under a free enterprise system. The dreck won’t. British independent productions are better than the Beeb’s, by and large. I suppose you could argue that some of the indie personnel might have benefited from working at Auntie, but not so much any more. IMO the British entertainment industry and journalism would flourish without the Orwellian license fee system. The Beeb might even survive by adopting the US CPB system of begging from its viewers. I prefer commercials to those telethon sessions, however. It could also charge the CPB more for the content the Beeb supplies to US public TV or to cable or streaming sources.

    • Are you kidding? The best thing on TV is Game of Thrones and guess what? The BBC didn’t make it.
      The BBC makes games shows, soaps, reality TV and mass market entertainment which I am forced, by pain of imprisonment, to pay for, whether I like it or not, watch it or not.

      • Yes, the best thing on TV is Game of Thrones. And it’s cast is full of Brits.
        Our repertory theatre, drama schools and the BBC have given us a talent pool that makes us far more successful in this industry than we should expect to be.

      • IMO, the BBC could survive without the regressive tax of a license fee. If you must have nationalized TV and radio, then do it like the US CPB. Let Parliament decide how much to grant it from tax receipts rather than dunning the poor disproportionately more than the rich. Let the Beeb ask for donations from its upscale viewers and corporations. Or it could try flying by its own wings through ads.
        How a once even semi-free society can permit such an outrage left over from the totalitarian 20th century to continue is beyond me.

    • I still watch the weather forecasts during tornado season and watch the news once in a while. Doesn’t matter which network – they’re all SeeBS.

  16. Is there still a mechanism whereby over 100, 000 signatures on the formal petition (E-petitions I believe) brings it to parliament?
    Perhaps this would be a good time to start one?

  17. You say no one would think to pass it again. Yet Obama has done the same with health care.

  18. I don’t know if it’s still the case, but in years past, you were eligible for a small (maybe 5-10%) discount on the TV License fee if… you were legally blind.
    Anyway, when television transitioned from monochrome to color, the Beeb saw the opportunity to rake in more dosh by restricting the original license to monochrome and introducing a substantially more expensive color license. But they ran into an enforcement glitch since their detector vans with the spinning roof racks couldn’t distinguish whether you were watching mono or color. That’s when they started requiring retailers to report all color TV sales.
    Don’t you love progressives.

    • I don’t think that the old dedector vans were very efficient.
      When colour came out, the resolution was upped from 405 to 625 lines, and this was broadcast on a different frequency. A different aerial was required. You could tell which houses had a colour set by the aerial on top of the house. More often than not they had two aerials as this saved the expense of removing the old redundant aerial.

  19. Meanwhile over at the Guardian post the election they gone full rant mode about how the BBC is right wing and pro-Troy . Which if it was true would mean the Tories would be more than happy to keep the BBC as it is now , has ironically the Guardian and fellow travellers are, and yet that is not the case , which seems odd!
    Could be we are seeing the difference between those that consider nothing but unquestioning support is acceptable and without it you are the enemy and those that consider that a it is possible to be critical and still an friend ?

    • In a way the BBC is anti Labour, and for those on the left that might seem pro Tory. The BBC is now a political party in its own right and campaigns endlessly. Needless to say, its leanings are only slightly to the right of the wacky Green party. I suspect that many BBC employees are responsible for Carolyn Lucas’ success.

      • I’m told by friends who have worked for Auntie, that anyone who thinks we would be better off outside the EU is considered certifiable by BBC operatives. If you’re anti EU, you just wouldn’t get a job there now – and that’s been the case for many years.
        On so many topics of importance, there truly is a culture of Group Think, which makes the obligation to subsdise it all the more outrageous to those of us who share none its biased belief system

  20. Living far from Britain for 35 years I always missed the quality of the BBC programs. When the internet arrived 20 years ago I was delighted to access the BBC website and, a couple of years later, the BBC World News on cable. Sadly, as time has passed, I’ve witnessed a dumbing-down of all that is available on the BBC and after yet another “improvement” to their website i hardly access it any more. The news I watch every day but cringe with some of their views expressed and even more so with their selection of important topics requiring blanket coverage and even more so with some which they ignore. Their cable coverage is supposed to be financed by advertising and if some of the rubbish they serve up can garner advertising, then just imagine what halfway decent programs could obtain.
    Abolish the licence fee.

  21. Britain sounds like one of the best examples of the old saying “a great place to visit you just don’t want to live there”.

    • Jim. When you consider everything (scenery, people, medical system, social security, standard of living, education, access to Europe, language) it’s actually a fantastic place to live. We have our problems (who doesn’t?), but when you weigh everything, it’s just great. And I only know that, not because I have travelled (I actually haven’t!), it’s because people I speak to who settle here from all over the world, tell me so. I was speaking to a Canadian a few months ago (and we think Canada is idyllic) who said he had been all over the globe, but couldn’t and wouldn’t leave England.

      • I think the best part of living in my part of England is that there are no extremes of climate. Not too hot or cold or wet or dry.

      • Well Big Jim, if I could afford it I might try it for a few years. I bet it would be fun and very enjoyable. The Brits I have met were great.

      • Biased sample. Now go poll all the people who choose not to live there, Big Jim. I think the latter far outnumber those in your sample.

  22. You almost had me going there for a while. As soon as you mentioned bringing back that laddish programme filmed in an aircraft hangar called Top Gear, I knew that you were joking.

  23. Am I the only Brit who is disappointed that this article, written by a fellow Brit, is written in American English? It’s a small point, and I deeply share his annoyance at the BBC (which has become rather a pathetic joke here in Britain), but I also share, along with many others, an equally deep annoyance that we are subjected to the American way of spelling on a daily basis – especially where the world of computers are concerned.
    It’s ‘licence’ fee. (I note it slips out in more than one paragraph!)
    It’s ‘offence’.
    I have no problem with American English…when it’s from an American. But my computer has a processor at its centre, I have to pay a licence fee, otherwise I will commit an offence. My car has tyres on it, there is no trunk or hood, but it does have bumpers. The Americans have already nicked (stolen) the ‘e’ on the end of ‘develop’, and I’m not happy about that. But will someone in America PLEASE tell me why you insist on calling a toilet, a bathroom? I watched an American film (movie) the other week where two blokes (guys) were deep in a forest. One said to the other, “I need to go to the bathroom”. Eh???!!! Seriously, will someone answer why you don’t just say toilet, or loo, or khazi. Peeing up against a tree is NOT going to the bathroom. Grrrrrr!

    • For a largely U.S. audience I try to remember to use U.S. spellings. I don’t always get them right, though. And it’s non-U to call Crapper’s enduring invention the “toilet”. One can honor his memory by calling it by his name. Or one can ask where the usual offices are, or request to test the plumbing.
      Or, after dinner, when the ladies retreat to the withdrawing-room, the gentlemen can go through the French windows from the eating room and micturate on the lawn. At Churchill’s dinner parties at Chartwell, this ritual was regularly observed, and the view from the lawn across Kent was very fine.
      Churchil once sidled up to Patrick Donner, then a young and bashful Conservative MP, and one of the two dozen who bravely stood by Churchill during the fatal years of appeasement, as Patrick was watering the shrubbery, and grunted: “Patrick, be sure to remember, when you come to write your memoirs, that you have peed with the greatest in the land.” Patrick remembered.

      • Sorry Moncky, but it wasn’t Crapper’s invention, it was Sir John Harrington.

      • Harrington’s version was too smelly because it lacked the S-trap, invented by Cummings in 1775. It was also too loud for Elizabeth I. Crapper further improved toilet design by among, other advances, the floating ballcock (I know, I know).
        However, whether you say “bathroom” or “toilet”, you’re speaking American either way. The use of “toilet” as a euphemism for the can is as American as “bathroom” and apple pie (although I’m not sure about the latter).

      • In the pub I used to drink in, a retired Artillery Major (on returning from the cludgie) used to announce to any that would listen that: ‘The camels have been fed, watered and fresh straw issued.’

      • Oh, Lord Monckton, it’s okay if you use English spellings once in a while in your writing here. It is English pronunciation that drives me more batty. Like saying “Southwark” as “Suthuck.” Or “Norwich” as “Nor-ich.” Lol!

      • Jim,
        Arkansas isn’t an English word (or even an Americanized English word) it’s a native American word. I believe it’s from the Quapaw tribe. A rather large number of place-names in the US were adopted from their previous owners.

    • There once was CRUST = Campaign to Resist United States Terminology; but now that everybody uses billion to mean 10^9, I realise (spelt with an s, mister spell checker) that resistance is futile.

    • It’s just considered more polite to say “I have to go use the bathroom” when amongst mixed company or people you don’t know. When with good friends an American is just as likely to announce “I have to piss” or “take a crap” than say “use the bathroom”.

    • My own pet hate so far as Americanisations go, is the recent horror ‘burglarized’.
      What pray is so wrong with the old past participle, ‘burgled’, that it needs to be reinvented?

  24. I regularly take issue with the Today program to the point when the latest editor squawked “we don’t peddle scaremongering rhetoric” I sent them a long list of their malfeasance and since then they have not replied I don’t even get an auto response email.
    I adopted the same stance with the Times and Sunday times specifically Tim Montgomery and Hugo Rifkind who in response to me quoting him RSS/UAH data said “I know that this information is out there but I don’t believe it”.
    My feeling is that Whittingdale may not be as responsive as Christopher would like to believe. Cameron who said naively and insincerely said “vote blue and get green” has appointed a Tory halfwit Amber Rudd(erless) to replace the LibDem halfwit Ed Davey and she has said that Ed Milibands climate change act is her guiding light and 2C her target adding that their is not a cigarette paper between her and the Labour party.
    Cameron wants us to stay onboard with the EU despite his rhetoric and whilst John Redwood and some other Tory sceptics say what they want when Cameron negotiates with the EU is an honest energy policy that recognises wind and solar cannot keep the lights on no matter how many you plant on or off shore he wont take kindly to a BBC that dispels his and Samantha’s green advocacy.
    My feeling is that there is as much chance of the licence fee fading away as the dinosaurs reappearing next Sunday. Whatever we may feel about the EU and its energy policy it is here to stay how exactly do these guys eat the enormous volume of humble pie necessary to row back on their conviction to save the planet?

    • This is something that the Americans don’t seem to understand – over here, the reds and the blues are both trying to ‘out green’ each other.

        • Reminds me of that memorable song – ‘I’ve got those Green with Envy, Purple with Passion, White with Anger, Scarlet with Fever, What were you doing in his arms last night Blues’

    • “Amber Rudd(erless)…has said that…their (sic) is not a cigarette paper between her and the Labour party.”
      Perhaps, now that she’s in office, she’ll zig zag?

  25. It is true in Britain, as in the rest of the world, that people with wealth ans priviledge feel they don’t need to abide by the laws and rules of a civilised society.

    • Mr Hamblett is wrong. I comply with the law. I am not obliged to hold a television licence because I do not watch live television. Nor am I obliged to believe that a bad law that needlessly criminalizes a million people every six years is a good law.
      However, it is customary also to abide by the rules of spelling: “Privilege” is not spelt “Priviledge”.

    • I’m poor and live in a flat and I don’t pay the tv tax either. This is because, like Monckton, I don’t watch the damn thing.

  26. The Times and the Sunday Times filtered me out of their letters to the editor option in the same way that Roger Harrabin did when I took him to task. All hell will freeze over before these people give up their highly paid globetrotting jobs in the same way that Tamsin Edwards and Michael Hanlon will continue to persuade us to believe that GCM’s are fantastic and so sophisticated that they really can predict our future when anyone not absorbed with their own beliefs know they cannot.

    • They should have known that when they said ‘the science is settled’ that people would start saying ‘but what about … ?’

    • David, I’m glad it’s not just me sending letters to Roger Harrabin.

  27. I think the problem is that the BBC is mono-cultural and need to become multi-cultural. ( In the sense of the way they think rather than ethnic background.) Perhaps they should be made more representative by recruiting from all the national newspapers in the same ratios as their circulation figures. A flood of Sun and Mail reading executives would soon put the Guardianistas in their place.

    • You mean that there are still people out there who read those dead trees called newspapers ?

      • Oh yes! In any school it is quite a struggle to get hold of the staffroom copy of the Guardian. Mostly for the jobs section but also for the many technophobic teachers to learn what opinions they should hold each day. I imagine the Beeb would be similar but they can all expect a personal copy.

  28. Simultaneously sad and funny Christopher. It’s all too bizarre.
    If CO2 is regulated the way warmers want it to be, there will be the American equivalent of snoop vans lurking about measuring all manner of “emissions”, handing out fines and sending some people to jail for trying to stay warm in the winter, or cool in the summer. People exceeding their pre-ordained limit will of course be made an example of, with no sympathy from the green press or government.
    As energy use is central to civilization, the civilized world will devolve to feudalism under warmist dictates.
    Naturally there will be politically convenient exemptions, just like in the ACA, for greens like Gore et al.
    All manner of graft and corruption will follow energy rationing under erstwhile warmist future CO2 regs.

  29. The BBC aren’t the first institution, and won’t be the last, to make the mistake of believing their own marketing/advertising as they move further and further away from reality.

  30. Loch Rannoch, you say? The very air of that Highland environ does shape a fellow.
    Many shall rise with you, seeing that you’ve unsheathed your figurative Claymore.
    Garg ‘nuair dhùisgear

  31. Unfortunately, this story is not unique to the UK and BBC. In Norway, it is enough to own a TV, whether you use it or not.
    We have also detectors

    • @Amatör: Same here in Germany. One TV news anchor once called it a “democracy fee” – so the ARD/ZDF are no better than the BBC, obviously.
      And all political parties in the Bundestag are pulling on the same rope. They’re all Melons: Green on the outside, red on the inside, with brown seeds.
      You have the support of many Krauts over here, Mylord. Keep it up.

  32. Monckton of Brenchley
    You say

    The Secretary of State, on receiving our letter before action in judicial review, will require the trust to respond.

    Hmmm. There is a problem there.
    As you know, I have tabled a complaint with the BBC about its Breach of the BBC Charter by broadcasting the execrable programme titled ‘Climate Change by Numbers’. My complaint is copied to WUWT for public record and can be read here.
    The BBC has not replied to my complaint so I have repeatedly called on the BBC Trust to take action. This has placed me in a ‘Catch 22’.
    The BBC Trust considers appeals against BBC Responses to be complaints. But there cannot be an appeal unless the BBC provides a Response.

    I see nothing in the BBC Charter which requires the BBC or the BBC Trust to respond to a complaint by the Secretary of State. Of course, the Secretary of State can threaten (e.g. to get Parliament to withdraw the BBC License Fee) but it remains to be seen if (s)he would.
    Richard

    • Your remedy, Richard, is an action for breach of contract in the Small Claims Court. Ask for less than £2,000 and the court fee is only £70. I’ll help you draft the pleadings, which will request an order of the court that the BBC should reply to the Trust, whose function is otherwise vitiated, which cannot be what Parliament intended. Auntie hasn’t replied to me either, about that remarkably crass programme. I wrote to all three of the soi-disant “mathematicians”. Two replied saying they’d relied on BBC science advisors to tell them the science. I put in a Freedom of Information request to ask the BBC who its science advisors were, and was told the BBC refused to reply on the ground that my enquiry concerned journalism, which is exempt under the legislation.
      They are wriggling like stuck pigs.

      • Monckton of Brenchley
        Thankyou for that.
        I will contact you by personal email with regard to your kind offer.
        For now, I ask what contract I have with the BBC that has been breached?
        Please note that I am asking this in an open forum for reasons of publicity intended to help any others who may also want to take action.
        Also, I don’t want my original point to be lost; viz. any appropriate action to be taken by the Secretary of State is not clear.
        Richard

      • Dear Richard, – You pay a licence fee and are entitled, in return, to expect that the recipient of that fee will act in accordance with its Charter and with its agreement with the Secretary of State. One can do three things if the BBC fails to behave: sue it for breach of contract, sue it for negligence, or complain (1) to the BBC; (2) to the Trust and (3), if they don’t answer, to the Secretary of State, in writing, providing a detailed report of systemic bias over many years, informing him that the BBC and the Trust have failed to respond properly (or at all) to legitimate complaints, and warning him that unless within 14 days he has contacted you to make it clear that he is taking decisive action to have your complaints of prejudice on the BBC’s part properly investigated, you will ask the Administrative Court for judicial review of his administrative action in failing to exercise his statutory duty upon evidence of clear breach by the BBC of its agreement with him. The last course seems the best. There are already supporters gathering around the need for court action to bring the BBC back within the scope of its agreement with the Secretary of State as to impartiality. It has only got away with prejudice to date because all political parties but UKIP have gone goofy about the climate and because no one has taken the Secretary of State to court.
        This would be a bigger case than the Al Gore case. It would need proper funding. I am working on that.

  33. Many years ago, I was banned the first time I highlighted climate bias reporting on a BBC tv report…..Back in the 70’s a friend of mine who decided to exist without a tv was constantly bombarded by letters from them with ‘we note that you don’t have a tv license’. He kept on sending back a reply that he didn’t have a fish license, either. Eventually they decided to call on him and he told them ‘go away’ and if they believed that he had a tv, to prove it. Nothing happened after that. Total reorganisation asap.

  34. I think the real outrange is that those parking bays are for permit holders only. As if parking in Edinburgh isn’t hard enough….

    • What They did was to put out “Road Works” signs the day before. But no road works were actually done. All that happened is that, just before what the BBC fondly thinks is prime viewing time, the two goonmobiles arrived and parked in front of the vicecomital Residence. Fortunately, the lofty State Apartments are on the piano nobile, so our view to our three-acre garden opposite, with its mature trees in fresh summer leaf, was not obstructed. But, as you say, parking in Edinburgh is a nghtmare, and George Street, just behind the Residence, is said to be the most profitable in the world for parking operators.
      The road-works sign disappeared not long after the goonmobiles had gone.

      • All of which must have cost, in admin and staff time, and petrol etc, a lot more than your licence fee.

  35. I haven’t paid for a tv license in over 30 years. Never bought a new tv but when i bought a freeview digibox i was forced to give my details – paid in cash and gave false details. Was always under the impression the vans were bogus and that it was simply a database of tv owners that were not paying license that caused their ‘enforcers’ to turn up at the door. A couple of times when moving into rented accommodation i was inundated with license letters which i would ignore until a final demand came. Then i would simply call them and say i didn’t have a tv and would they please stop wasting resources and distressing me with their demands. Maybe i’ve been lucky but i do know of friends that were caught – they lived on ground floor, were under the impression they had to let the inspectors in, and the tv was visible from the street, especially so when on at night. My backup plan if they somehow gained access was to simply smash the tv, far cheaper to buy a new one than deal with the fine. Luckily i’ve never needed to put that plan into action.
    But man are the BBC biased, i often find myself having to look elsewhere to get a more balanced opinion on whatever drivel it is they are pushing at the time.
    *Anon for good reason 😉

  36. In Sweden every home that owns a TV must pay the equivalent of 160£, or +200 EURO to state run media.
    The state run media company, SR/SVT, radio and TV, will receive the license fees as long as they put out politically correct propaganda to the viewers. It is very bad for democracy, and I guess that is what the state is going for and why state run media was created in the first place.
    Also, of course, in the rare instances you as a citizen is allowed to comment on state run websites, you are heavily censored. Speak to the point and truthfully and your comment is very soon removed.

    • Björn, here in Britain, we seem to be hearing a lot about how bad things are getting in Sweden. Is it true? We hear about racial tensions, more than anything, but there was this a while back that did the rounds:
      http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2014/April/Soviet-Sweden-Model-Nation-Sliding-to-Third-World/
      And I also read a very interesting, and very similar, article only last week about Norway. You have a lovely country, and all those blond girls. There was a TV programme here about 10 years go that posed the question: ‘Should we be more like Sweden, than like the US?’ Sad, if it really is going all wrong. Did I mention you have lots of blond girls?

      • I dont know about the racial tensions, I have not seen any. But our economy is heavily burdened by our commitment to grant citizenship to every syrian that comes to sweden, besides all other refugees who come here for our welfare. It is now around 100 000 per year. 1/5 citizens of sweden roughly are immigrants, we have a population of 9-10 million people. Half a million or so, nobody knows, are unemployed. We dont have room for more and we already have trhe highest taxes in the world but left and right have formed a coalition to ensure that sweden will keep on having the largest immigration per capita in the west world. The people obviously dont like that, but the left and right of politicians have decided that it must continue in absurdum. So naturally a new party has formed that is proposed to the reckless immigration policy and of course state run media is viciously attacking the, They even have a team of hackers that search social media for politically incorrect comments and reveal name, adress behind those who post and triumfantly post storys about people who lost their jobs after media exposed them with making politically incorrect postings on social websites. Im really sorry if I dont always make perfect sense since english is a foreign language to me.
        Do not be like Sweden is my advise, work to get rid of state run and state sponsored media who control opinions of weak minded voting stock. Dont vote in elections, or if you vote, vote for an outsider not the established power elite.
        Our welfare system is collapsing right now.

      • Björn from Sweden,
        I am very sorry to hear about that. Good luck to your new anti-immigration party. Why should your country make room for all the Syrians who feel like invading for the welfare benefits?
        I sometimes get flack for saying publicly that I don’t like the flood of illegal aliens coming into our country. But if we don’t speak up, it will continue to get worse. Sometimes you have no choice but to tell the government and the media that they are doing wrong.
        Does your government have any legitimate reasons for why Sweden should provide for all foreigners who decide to enter illegally? The U.S. government certainly has no legitimate reasons for tolerating and encouraging illegal immigration. It is illegal. But they encourage it anyway.
        (Your English is excellent. Far better than my Swedish.)

      • I have lived in both Norway and Sweden.
        The problem in these country is that whilst they are large land areas, the population is small. Norway has about half the population of Sweden.
        It does not take many years of immigration to noticeably tip the balance especially as immigrant families are often twice the size of the typical Norwegian/Swedish family.
        When I was living in Oslo (the capital city of Norway) it had a pouplation of about 480,000 to 500,000. The fifth largest City (Drammen) had a population of only about 80 to 85,000 people! Immigrants tend not to mix and tend to live in the capital or major cities and it only takes a few years of quite modest immigration before large parts of the capital (or major cities) are unrecognisable.
        My understanding is that the racial tensions in Sweden are in the South West Malmo/Goteborg area. There have been a number of documentaries on it but is now more than 20 years since I lived in Sweden so I have no first hand knowledge.

    • Bjorn, you have my sympathies. The Left in America is always trying to impose the same conformity of thought that you are experiencing in Sweden. So I know where you are coming from. Just keep speaking the truth, to power and to everyone else. I know that the Swedish immigration levels are unsustainable in the long term, especially when such a large portion of them are unemployed and unwilling to assimilate, and if Sweden’s birth rate is dropping like most other European countries.

      • Thanks for the sympathy Larry in the lone star state and everyone else who share my concern for Sweden. Finland and Norway have taken a much stricter stance on immigration than Sweden, but they also have problems. Many areas of Sweden are now lawless, police even dont like to go there since they are attacked if they do. People have died because ambulances refuse to enter these areas without protection from police. Media and politicians say everything is fine and that we need more immigration to supply workforce to employers. Sweden have half a million unemployed at least, many others are enrolled in gov programs for unemployed and are not counted as unemployed, I hope you understand what I mean. The averege time for a new immigrant citizen to get an employment in Sweden is around seven years, many never get a job and it is getting harder all the time. There is no strong incentive to get a job in sweden because benefits are generous. Our welfare system iwas calibrated for a small group of people in financial troubles fort short periods. The intention of welfare was to support individuals a few months until they get an income, but noe that system must pay out to hundreds of thousands of people for many years. And the lack of housing means that the immigration departement of government are forced to pay ridiculous sums of money, like 5000$ montghly rent for a small apartement to house one immigrant family, taxpayer money in the pockets of house owners who speculate in our problems.
        Swedish BBC, SR/SVT will not adress these problems and call for Sweden to invite more immigration, charter planes to pick up immigrants and fly here, it is insane. And we the people must pay them to opress us. Of course they go on and on about accelerating global warming and all the problems we now see because of climate change.

  37. My sister has had many missives from the Beeb threatening her with all sorts of terrible things unless she pays up, the only fly in it is that she hasn’t had a TV for years and has no intention of getting one. This seems inconceivable to them as everyone must have a telescreen.
    James Bull

    • Well, at least Big Brother can’t watch us on the Telescreen yet, though no doubt the totalitarians are working on that.
      Most of the BBC’s letters are actually illegal, in that it is not made plain that they come from the BBC. There are a number of other irregularities. Unfortunately, nearly all the goons’ victims know no law, so the BBC has gotten away with frankly criminal conduct for years. But the worm is turning. There is now real political pressure building to take away the licence fee altogether. It will be a long and hard-fought campaign, the people against almost the entire Establishment, with UKIP leading the charge, as usual these days. I don’t know where we’d be without it.

      • Indeed, I don’t know where Britain would be without Ukip. But it needs to seriously get its act together. It needs a massive, and I mean massive, promotional campaign. It needs to spend money on simply forever pushing its beliefs and ideas. I challenge people to pick a hole in its policies; they cannot. No one, ever in politics, speaks as clearly as Farage does. It doesn’t matter if you disagree with him personally, or even the general gist of the Party, no one in British politics is as honest. He’s a rare treat – the same reason I love Katie Hopkins.

      • I had never thought about that, you could well be right. I have met people who are rabidly against him. But I don’t understand this response. I think he’s the best thing to happen to British politics in my lifetime. I used to like Dennis Skinner, but then I grew up. I think the current situation in Ukip is worrying. Britain needs Ukip, if only because support for them acts as a safety valve. But we need them to steer the debate until 2017 (or maybe sooner, if today’s reports are to be believed).

      • UKIP are in self destruct mode, and whilst there is a place for such a party (with commonsense populist policies) it could easily become irrelevant following the Euro referendum.
        UKIP needs to think carefully about is future, and where it should position itself for the days ahead follwing the referendum, because unless it does this quickly, I can see its demise.

  38. Before the law was changed to deal with cell phones (analog, unencoded), the FCC Act of 1934 allows people to overheard radio conversations as longer as people don’t profit from that or divulge the contents.
    Pretty sensible, actually. Don’t outlaw something you can’t enforce.
    It seems to me that if someone transmits a radio signal that trespasses on my property I should have the right to examine that signal in any way I desire. If people don’t want me listening in, then they should take measures not to transmit into my property.

  39. Is the United Kingdom not a signatory to the Treaty of Rome? It is my layman’s understanding that this treaty guarantees freedom of speech – which necessarily includes not only the right to speak, but also the right to listen. If you wanted to buy a television in order to watch, say, French and German documentaries or domestic private broadcasts, it would (again in my understanding) be a violation of your human rights as enshrined in this treaty to fine you for partaking in freedom of speech on the grounds that the device would also enable you to receive BBC broadcasts. (Though as you say, sadly without Top Gear). Imagine what would happen to democracy if the governing party could charge you for the right to read the newspaper.
    IANAL, however. Just bringing up something I heard once.

    • The Treaty of Rome does not guarantee free speech or any other of the usually-understood freedoms of the individual. One is free to move throughout the member states without let or hindrance, to live in any of them and to work in any of them, but that’s it. The Treaty of Rome represents a massive encroachment on the freedom of the individual. If. for instance, an EU employee criticizes the way the EU is run, he or she can be dismissed without compensation and have his or her pension rights taken away. There have also been attempts, resisted only (but successfully) by UKIP, to prevent anyone from speaking ill of the EU.
      It is not about freedom.
      When, against the advice of the then President Klaus, the Czech Republic made the monumental mistake of stepping into the EU fire having only stepped out of the Soviet frying-pan, within days of accession a goon squad from the EU turned up at the Hradcany Palace in Prague (the largest palace in the world: it makes Buck House look minuscule), demanded to see President Klaus, and told him that from now on he and the Czech Republic were to obey without question or challenge the orders of the Kommissars (the official German name for the unelected junta that wields absolute power in Europe and has the sole right to propose Europe-wide legislation, which the elected European Parliament does not possess).
      President Klaus showed them the door, told them to clear out of the Czech Republic and stay out for as long as he was President, and said he had not been spoken to with such overweening arrogance since the Soviet days. They retreated, sniveling, with their tails between their legs.
      I heard a similar story from the Cypriot chief negotiator, whom I had warned not to pursue EU membership and, above all, nver to join the collapsing Euro. I explained that my reasons for giving this advice were not political: I gave the advice because I loved Cyprus and did not want to see it harmed. Cyprus steamed ahead anyway. Within days of accession, EU goons were all over the government departments in Nicosia, issuing curt, peremptory orders to all and sundry. Cyprus, which had had in the Cyprus Pound the most solid currency in Europe, less prone to inflation even than the Deutsche Mark, and in the Central Bank one of the best central banks in the Eastern Mediterranean, threw away all of that for a mess of EU pottage, and promptly went bankrupt, exactly as I had told the chief negotiator it would.
      The chief negotiator came to see me the other day, and said her most earnest wish was that she had listened when I had given her what she described as the clearest warnings she had ever been given about anything. She was less worried about her government’s raid on the bank accounts of its people – the sort of daylight robbery one has to get used to in the unaccountable and largely criminal EU – than about the loss of Cyprus’ sovereignty. I had warned her that to cede Cypriot sovereignty to the EU would prove to be a serious mistake, particularly as Cyprus had not been its own master for very long. But Cyprus threw away her precious independence, and has paid a very heavy financial price as well.
      The EU, like the BBC, must go. It is a hated, corrupt, profiteering, superfluous dictatorship. Europe will come to nothing until it is gone,.

      • However, if England (hence Britain overall) votes to leave the EU, Scotland might well vote to leave the UK. I doubt that you’ll want to live in a country liable to adopt the Euro.
        I wish UKIP luck in freeing Britain from the Kommissars, but with a communist SNP, the consequences might not be droll for the future of the UK.

      • Scotland has already had its vote on whether to leave the UK, and has decided not to.
        If the UK were to leave the EU and Scotland were to wish to join, there would have to be another referendum, which would be lost again. If it were won, and the UK had left the EU, Scotland would have to apply to rejoin the EU. However, in the light of the numerous national bankruptcies arising from the mad policy of introducing the Euro to countries that had not converged sufficiently with their neighbors, the EU is now once again obliged to impose upon new applicants the eight economic convergence criteria listed in the Treaty of Maastricht. Two of those criteria, and arguably the most important, are the maximum-deficit criterion (3% of annual GDP) and the accumulated-national-debt criterion (60% of annual GDP). On both counts, a separated Scotland would not have qualified even when oil was twice its present price. So Scotland would be most unwise to vote to leave the UK unless and until its economy was strong enough to permit it to join the EU.
        According to the analysis of the Scottish Research Society before the referendum, recently updated in the light of events including the oil price, Scotland could well find herself bankrupt within months of leaving the UK. She would, no doubt, try to stave off the evil day by borrowing, but lending to a bankrupt Scotland rather than to the known quantity that is the UK would command a substantial and unaffordable premium.
        Not a word of this, of course, has appeared in the Marxstream media.

      • Thanks for the valuable info. However, it’s not at all clear that a second referendum would fail, even with present low oil prices. The first was 55-45% against, as you know, but SNP got 50% in the general election (possibly lower turnout; I don’t know). So IMO it’s not at all a foregone conclusion that five percent of referendum voters will not change their minds, or that turnout would be the same. It’s also my impression that older voters wanted to stay in the Union disproportionately, but that’s not based on actual data.
        And Brent crude has already rebounded quite a bit. Who can say what the future may hold?

      • sturgishooper says:
        However, if England (hence Britain overall) votes to leave the EU…
        I seriously doubt that would ever be allowed to happen, no matter what British citizens wanted.
        The Irish were given the opportunity to vote Yes or No on joining the EU, which wanted to absorb Ireland into the Borg. The Irish wisely voted No.
        That was not acceptable. Pressure was ratcheted up, money was put into the right pockets, the media was given its marching orders, and the No vote was summarily thrown out for no good reason — or for any real reason at all.
        A second vote was scheduled, and due to the above tactics, the proper and correct Yes vote was obtained. Now Ireland is screwed. Forever.
        Does anyone really believe that a much bigger and more valuable territory like England would be allowed to withdraw from the EU? They are not dealing with a law-abiding regional government. Rather, the EU is essentially a criminal organization, administered by a legion of nameless, faceless bureaucrats who can create laws by decree, and who are not accountable to English voters.
        In the U.S. we have a similar anonymous bureaucracy: the EPA. A recent Supreme Court case was won by a homeowner whose land had a seasonal puddle a few inches deep. Based on that, a junior EPA bureaucrat arbitrarily labeled it a “wetland”, rendering any other use illegal. Arguing with the EPA was futile. Eventually, that homeowner won after a hugely expensive legal battle that went all the way to the Supreme Court. But it was not a precedent setting case, so the same confiscation of property rights by nameless, faceless, unaccountable EPA bureaucrats continues. In fact, it is increasing.
        England has as much chance of leaving the EU as a homeowner in the U.S. has of overturning an EPA decision through petition and negotiation. The EU/UN will never allow England to secede. World government is the goal, and they are getting mighty close.

      • DB,
        England is not Ireland. I don’t know how Britain will vote on EU membership, but IMO the Tories have cause to fear UKIP, despite its failure this year, in light of what the SNP has done to Labour. If the UK overall votes to leave the EU, based upon a substantial majority in England, the Cameron government will IMO have to comply. Lacking an army, there’s little the EU could do to compel England to bow down before its Kommissars. The British military is shrinking but still among the best in Europe.
        Denmark, although technically a member of the EU, has a good record of resisting absorption by the Borg. It voted against adopting the Euro, for instance. It’s still on the krone, as the UK is the pound.

      • SH,
        I sincerely hope you’re right. I tend to be a pessimist in these things. Here’s why:
        After the fall of the Berlin Wall a lot of classified information got out (Venona files, etc.) Beginning in the early 1930’s the old Soviets began to plan for what they viewed as the inevitable march of history, in which collectivism would be the end result.
        After WWII they tried to expand communism to include western Europe (Italy, Greece, etc.). They were unsuccessful at the time. Internal debates concluded that there were better ways to play the end game. That became much more apparent when the Wall came down. They realized that defeating the U.S. and the West militarily would be a very uphill battle. Europeeans were not the least bit interested in having Russian overlords.
        So the tactics (which had always been discussed, according to defectors like Yuri Bezmenov, AKA Thomas Schuman) began to lean heavily toward gaining control of the ‘organs’ of public opinion — what we call the mass, or mainstream media. This was made clear by the fact that the Rockefellers had commissioned a study a few decades before, in which it was determined that the control of the country’s 25 largest newspapers (this was the pre-TV era) would allow them to completely influence public policy. It was not foolproof, of course, but it gave a huge advantage to the owners of the media at the time. (Today, just six entities control more than 90% of all TV stations and newspapers in the U.S.)
        The Soviets made the decision to keep up their military saber-rattling, but secretly to work toward putting key people in the U.S. and Western media. They have been hugely successful.
        Since then — and I admit this is more my own analysis than it is based on leaked documents — that effort to control the policy makers has naturally extended to universities, journals, corporations, and anywhere else they can move opinion. We see how successful they have been when we read endless comments pointing at ‘authorities’ in the climate field, for example. Amazingly, those authorities all have exactly the same message, in lock-step.
        In a society with a free exchange of ideas, it strains belief to think that every professional organization ends up promoting the exact same ‘dangerous man-made global warming’ narrative. Even organizations that have little relation to the man-made global warming narrative. Prof. Richard Lindzen explains in Section 2 here how just one or two activists can change the direction of a large organization. Lindzen names names, and no one has refuted his exposé.
        So call me a conspiracy theorist if you like. But as Adam Smith wrote:
        People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices.
        That applies to governments, too. The old KGB never went away, it just changed to the FSB. But the players are the same, and there are no equals to the Soviet Russians when it comes to understanding and manipulating human behavior. They are in a class by themselves, and when I look at the identical global warming narrative emanating from such diverse groups all across the spectrum of society, it seems obvious to me that the message is being orchestrated. Add to that Lenin’s comment that “The Capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them,” and we see that happening: literally $billions are being funneled into “climate studies” — money which is nothing short of a bribe to promote the message.
        So even though the UN lacks an army, they have been mostly getting their way. I sincerely hope you’re right about the UK being able to secede from the EU, which would certainly be in the interest of her citizens. I thought the Irish question was settled when they voted against membership. But we see what happened there.
        One thing I am not, is a credulous or naive person. I never believe what a politician says. I watch their actions. They can gain my trust, but it takes plenty of time and credibility. When I see how the media leads the average person by the nose, and causes the average mouth-breather to nod their heads in agreement that runaway global warming is causing climate catastrophe (despite zero evidence), along with the fact that education has been so dumbed down, it makes me nervous. How about you?

        • I lost faith in the Tories when Cameron said ‘we’re paying down the debt’ when it doubled from £750 billion to £1500 billion from 2010 to 2015.

      • DB,
        I’m basically pessimistic about the future as well, however the new media may at least slow the process. Unfortunately, the Internet is subject to regime control, too.
        But in the single instance of Britain v. the EU, I feel the UK would and could opt out if its citizens (or subjects) decisively voted to do so. England would then be back in the position it was before James I, with a potential enemy with continental alliances, on its northern border, and with respect to Ireland, vulnerable as it was during WWII.
        Perhaps some kind of loose, trans-Atlantic (and Pacific), English-speaking union would be in order then. The EU in that case might feel even more vulnerable to Russian pressure, however.

      • Just remind us again, what percentage of the Cypriot economy was devoted to banking ?
        Whilst your description of Cyprus is touching, it really owes little to reality. They, like their cousins with whom they fostered the ardent wish for Enosis, got involved with ‘Funny Money’ and borrowed like there was no tomorrow. That is how they ended up in the Klart.
        Strange how the Gaulieters of the EU were powerless in the face of obvious financial malfeasance ?

    • It is unclear whether a TV licence is required to watch live foreign broadcast material, ie., TV channels that are broadcats from outside the UK even if received/watched within the UK.
      Whilst a TV licence is required to watch (or record) any live broadcast material, it may be that is restricted to UK broadcasted material.
      If anyone is only watching foreign TV then it would be worthwhile double checking that point. But one has to be very careful since I suspect that many foreign language channels may be uploaded to the satellite link from within the UK.

      • the law is Clear, you need a licence to watch ‘Live’ broadcasts, regardless of where they eminate 🙂

  40. Oh well – I come here for notifications of changes in climate science, and yet continually get distracted by things I really should not have time for! I don’t have a TV – since long ago when bringing up kids and I regarded it as a form of child-abuse (to which I was subjected by my beloved parents who no doubt as many today, relied on it to distract us kids whenever we were in the house – which was only after dark).
    That said, I do love the BBC. I love the quality of its productions and the complete absence of advertising. I only see it when visiting friends or going down the pub to watch the rugby internationals. But then, I am a leftie-liberal greenie kind of person who hates the consumerist crap of commercial TV, as much as I hate the constant right-wing neo-liberal posturing of climate sceptics! The reason so few people in what you think is a socialist-commie-Guardian-BBC-greenie-blue plot (one has to include David Cameron in that bag) have so little time for the sceptical argument is precisely because it has been made so political. You guys have undermined the cause.
    That said, Roger Harrabin rang me some time after my book ‘Chill: a reassessment of global warming theory’ was published, and shortly before he was to interview John Christy on the BBC. He asked what sort of questions he should ask. He had read my book and said he was impressed by the analysis. I told him to ask Prof Christy one critical question – ‘What proportion of the warming that had been observed did he regard as natural?’ I did not know what Christy’s estimate would be – my own had been 80% or more. Christy replied ‘75%’. That was recorded on the BBC and broadcast in the years before the current clamp-down.
    Sadly, all this right-wing posturing contributes to the clamp-down. The opposition truly believes that we are heading for warmaggedon – and who can blame them when NASA, the UN, all science academies worldwide, and their own dear MetOffice and all the environmental NGOs tell them so. They should then give a renegade meteorologist’s blog more credence? Get real.
    Don’t get me wrong – I have great respect for Anthony and the work this blog has done even though no one reviewed my book – perhaps because it was aimed at the ‘greens’ and argued for resources (and taxes) to be spent on adaptation to inevitable change. And I have great respect for Lord Monckton from a scientific perspective, ever since that article in the journal of the American Physical Society introduced me to his work.
    I know it is no use pleading for a return to science as the focus of this blog – but for me, the site is going down-hill with all this political bluster and lack of respect. People have been hoodwinked – including the BBC and the Guardian, David Cameron and the Pope. We need to better understand that process because it is truly insidious, if we are to combat it effectively.

    • Peter Taylor is right to ask that this blog should concentrate on science and, to be fair, it does – almost to the exclusion of anything else. However, it would be foolish not to recognize that the totalitarian Left are in the driving seat as far as the climate nonsense is concerned; that the BBC and the Guardian have not been hoodwinked but are deliberately peddling misrepresentations that they can be proven to know are false; and that unless the problems of the international environmentalist Left and its increasing authoritarianism and hate speech are firmly dealt with the cost to Western civilization, and not merely to the reputation but also to the functioning of science herself, will be incalculable.

    • Sorry, but the only way to combat it effectively is to elect the most conservative possible US president, willing to call BS on the UN and defund the sc*m in academia and government. Here it is a left-right issue, with, as with Tories in the UK, even many Republicans who have drunk the Warm-Aid. There are essentially no “progressive” skeptics in any relevant position of power or the mainstream media in this country. There is no scientific basis for CACCA, only political, so ending its anti-human run will require a political solution.

    • Peter Taylor
      Yes, you are right and you say it well. I have been saying the same on WUWT for years and have been vilified for it but – as I said – you are right and you say it well.
      I commend the replies to you of both Monckton of Brenchley and sturgishooper because (strangely) I think they are each right, too.
      Totalitarians come in all political colours, and the Khmer Rouge demonstrated the horrors of ‘green’ totalitarianism. Sadly for old ‘lefties’ like me, as Monckton of Brenchley implies, at present that political model is the greatest threat from the environmentalist scares.
      Opposing that threat requires a powerful Western political lead, and the US could provide this. However, the US has the unique situation of dividing on left vs right terms with regard to the global warming scare. So, as sturgishooper suggests, overt reversal of support for the global warming scare is needed from the US political right.
      This provides a problem for opponents of the ‘green’ agenda.
      Outside of the US, supporters of the ‘green’ agenda and opponents of the ‘green’ agenda both come from across the entire political spectrum. It is difficult for those on the left to support the US political Right, and many of the US political Right fail to understand the principle of “the enemy of my enemy is my friend”.
      In summation, we need an alliance of all people of good will who will oppose the ‘green’ agendas, but forging and maintaining that alliance will not be easy.
      Richard

      • Even among the most conservative candidates, it’s hard to pin most of them down on their position on man-made “climate change”. I suspect that Dr. Paul knows it’s bogus, but as with so many other of his positions, he’s now backpedaling in hopes of getting elected. Voting record, as for the pipeline, may not indicate candidate’s actual convictions. In any case, the rot has spread far among the government class of all stripes.
        http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/242272-six-dangerous-issues-in-the-2016-gop-race
        CLIMATE CHANGE
        While none of the Republican contenders are vowing to tackle climate change if elected president, they are split on whether human activity is driving it.
        Most Republican voters say it would be unacceptable for their candidate to believe in man-made climate change, let alone pursue policies to address it.
        Some of the candidates, including Paul and Bush, have adopted an agnostic view, saying the jury is still out on how much the climate is changing, and if so, what role humans play in it.
        Others, such as Cruz and Santorum, have depicted climate change as a hoax by the left to impose new environmental restrictions on the business community.
        When the Senate considered legislation on the Keystone XL pipeline, Cruz, Rubio and Paul all voted for an amendment stating that climate change was real.
        Paul was the only 2016 contender to support a separate amendment that stated human beings contribute to climate change.

      • You are most welcome. Thanks for all your family contributes here. And over there.
        It’s hard to divine the real feelings of people running for office, but based upon the impressions of members of Congress of my acquaintance, some of the front runners are genuine skeptics. Of course, as politicians, they might be lying to me, too.
        With eight months to go before the Iowa caucuses, there is no clear-cut front-runner, although Bush more often than not leads by a little in the polls. All possible candidates haven’t even announced yet. It’s pretty much wide open, but probably will boil down to which more conservative candidate will challenge Bush. Given his money, he can stay in the race even without winning in Iowa, New Hampshire or South Carolina. If he doesn’t finish first or second in Florida, however, he’s probably toast.
        His main moderate challenger is Gov. Christie of New Jersey, who stands little chance.
        This could change a lot, but right now the leading more or less conservative contenders to challenge him are Gov. Walker, Sen. Rubio, Sen. Paul, ex-Gov. Huckabee, Sen. Cruz and Dr. Carson:
        http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2016/president/us/2016_republican_presidential_nomination-3823.html
        Mrs. Fiorina, like Carson, has never held elective office.

        • So will the Republicans spend so much time / money / energy fighting each other, that they have nothing left to fight Hillary ?

      • PS: Sen. Graham is also a “moderate”, but can affect the race only by possibly being a spoiler in his home state of South Carolina, which holds the second primary and third nominating event, after Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary, and which Bush is counting on winning, being from nearby Florida.

      • Sturgis: The candidate summary is (1) from the Wa Poo, a poor source, (2) a year old. We need newer, better information.

    • I beg to disagree. Science will win out sooner or later, but the real battle is ideological. It doesn’t matter if the ‘pause’ lasts for a hundred years. As Figueres made perfectly clear, it is all about clearing the way for Marxism. For me, the science is clear enough; it is ideology which has to be fought.

      • Greg Woods
        I wrote

        This provides a problem for opponents of the ‘green’ agenda.
        Outside of the US, supporters of the ‘green’ agenda and opponents of the ‘green’ agenda both come from across the entire political spectrum. It is difficult for those on the left to support the US political Right, and many of the US political Right fail to understand the principle of “the enemy of my enemy is my friend”.

        You have replied

        I beg to disagree. Science will win out sooner or later, but the real battle is ideological. It doesn’t matter if the ‘pause’ lasts for a hundred years. As Figueres made perfectly clear, it is all about clearing the way for Marxism. For me, the science is clear enough; it is ideology which has to be fought.

        Q.E.D.
        Richard

  41. I’m happy to report that the federal contribution to the US Corporation for Public Broadcasting was “only” $445 million in FY2014. With a GOP president, it might drop to the correct level of zero.

  42. …“The unspeakable BBC parks its tanks on my lawn”…
    To a point, my lord….
    TV license administration is actually undertaken by Capita Ltd.

  43. South Africa, too, has a TV tax/licence. I believe there are about 3-4 millon TV licences held. The last census showed about 8 million households with a TV. No detector vans, only threats -oh, and they don’t believe that you don’t have a TV, even if you are dead!

    • In South Africa you have to provide a licence to the shop to buy a TV in the first place. It is illegal to sell you one without it.
      In a very democratic way, you can buy a car without a licence. If you want a licence, you can get one in Johannesburg for R2000 with a test (guaranteed pass, and no pass if you don’t pay) or R2500 if you don’t want to take the driving test at all. Very formal. Very organised. The official test fee is R108. The rest is organised overheads.
      Read the impressions of those trying to get their licence: http://www.drivers.com/article/409/

  44. John Doe says ‘Was always under the impression the vans were bogus’. I had this impression too. In the days of tubed TV’s with high-frequency (15KHz) and high voltage oscillators, no doubt some sort of signal could be picked up at a short distance. But with flat-screen TV’s all working at low voltages, is this still the case? Does anybody know for certain? And can anybody clarify how other ‘public’ broadcasters are financed? I have always held the opinion that, within ten years or so, ALL television will come down an optical fibre and you will be able to watch any programme (UK spelling) whenever you like after the airdate. No recording, no missing stuff – great! What will the Beeb do then? By all means finance it from general taxation, but make sure it sticks to its declaration of impartiality on pain of having funding cut!

      • I am not sure that that is correct. In the past when people have challenged the BBC the BBC has never wished to give disclosure of how there equipment works and what it can dedect.
        The BBC successfully prosecutes its cases because of admissions made by people when interviewed, or by letting inspectors in the house and seeing how the TV is set up (ie., with an aerial plugged in).
        I think that if no admission is made and the inspectors are not allowed in the house, the BBC would not run a prosecution based solely upon a claim that their dedector van had picked up a TV watching live broadcast TV as they would have to adduce how this was done and BBC wish to keep it confidential.
        I think that the TV dedector vans are more of a deterent than anything else. People are hoodwinked into believing that the van can or has dedected the use of a TV receiving/watching live broadcast material. Of course, there is very sensitive audio equipment that can listen in to sound often simply from minor resonance of window panes. But the BBC probably would not wish to disclose that that is what is going on since then they would be accused of eavesdropping on private conversations and that is rather too STASIesque for public consumption.

        • There is already a controversy over smart TV sets with voice recognition picking up private conversations.

  45. How successful are the vans at detecting LCD displays since they do not throw out magnetic fields from deflection coils. The local oscillator/mixer on the new LCDs do not put out much of a signal and are well shielded.
    What are they actually picking up?

    • The BBC’s detectors are very high-powered and, at close enough range (typically not more than 100 feet), they can tell what program you’re watching. It’s harder for them than it used to be: for instance, we have two computers and assorted cellphones and iPads as well as the main TV, and asn electronic grand piano keyboard for me to compose music for weddings (I’m just polishing six ecossaises for a wedding in Rannoch). I like to think of them listening to my elegant compositions (the Rannoch Rose, the Woodpecker, the Stag on the Hill, the Burn in Spate, the Merry Blacksmith, and Safe Home).
      We use our various viewing gadgets mainly to watch and listen to the great works of Classical music, all of whom, performed by the leading virtuosi, are available free on YouTube, and in increasingly high quality. No TV licence is needed for that. For more and more people, live television is becoming irrelevant.
      I used to visit an old couple in a working-class estate when I was at Cambridge. I remember how terrified they were when the TV licence came up for renewal. They had a little tin box with slots for rent, food, electricity, phone, gas and local taxes. But there was no slot for the TV licence fee, and they tearfully told me one day they didn’t know how they were going to afford it. A whip-round in the College bar sorted that out, and, as a result of cases like that, the licence fee is now free if you are over 75: but that couple were in their early 70s and could not possibly afford today’s monstrous licence fee.

      • I haven’t watched broadcast TV for at least a decade or cable for almost as long. All I watch on TV is via streaming video. For which of course I don’t even need a TV.
        The Beeb is headed for the garbage can of history, one way or another.

      • Once you detach from live television there is really no going back because the content is in rapid decline. Attempts to go back to it are disappointing and amount to wasted money. The consumers of large LED displays and all the other tech innovations for TVs are discovering they have to use alternate content on those sets or they realize how they were duped playing hi fidelity crap on a very large screen. Speaking of which, is it even possible to install a 70 inch LED TV in a typical London flat?

      • Remember that kind of thing. And me and my dad lining up for ages at a Main Post Office 4 miles away with the Road Tax queue. Days of big VHF H shape antennas. And, (oh dear) the Black & White minstrel show…in black and white at 405 lines with just about a 12 inch screen.

        • Not only is there no longer a Road Tax queue, there is no longer a Road Tax disc.

      • Nor can anyone on Pension Credit afford it – the licence fee is a massive chunk of the weekly income of anyone on a basic state pension. This is esp the case for those (MANY) single people (mostly women pensioners who were never able to afford a pension) whose Housing Benefit no longer covers their rent, following the cuts early last year.

      • I wonder why UK hasn’t simply installed a cellphone-based licence checker into all new TVs sold in the country since a certain date? You turn on the TV, it calls home via cellphone to see if the licence is paid and fails to receive BBC or all channels until the TV licence is up-to-date on the central billing server. Your cellphone already does this before every call. By firing the whole BBC police force and selling off the vans, never to buy them again, they could cut the license fee by half, at least! License cops can find other work.

    • The TV will have a tuner, regardless of the type of display. As I understand it, that’s where the magic happens, resulting in a signal at either 2x or .5x the frequency of the channel. I’m not sure there’s any way to shield the set, since the power wiring might serve as a leakage path for the tell-tale frequency.

  46. I do sympathize, I have not watched television for 5 years now. I used to get the threatening letters, the first 2 of which I replied to, and visits from large ladies demanding to come and have a look around the abode. After the last one I phoned the police to complain I was been harassed and they were quite understanding saying I should call them if they came around again.
    I do have knowledge of the outrageous bias of the BBC from listening to the radio, I noticed in particular the constant sniping and ridicule directed at UKIP all of last year.
    The constant reporting of any LGBT and other minority issues appears to suggest an agenda to attempt to mould the thinking of the society which seems unhealthy to me..

  47. Hurray! Get rid of the BBC license fee and send all those who run the BBC out to earn a living like the taxpayers who are forced to fund them and their daft understanding of climate. If people believe in Global Warming I no longer trust them to be right about anything else. It is a litmus paper for stupidity.

  48. Apart from the TV programmes and there are a few of value..not including drama any more. Its the BBC World Service (WS) that really surprises me and most in UK don’t listen I suspect. It is largely non British crap and seems to hinge on Nigeria more often than not. That means for me being an indigenous Brit, I cannot understand most of what is being spoken. Its another pidgin version. Might be the N. London version where so much of the BBC junk arises from. The noisy yadder round the table over the air.
    Its alarming really because the WS calls its self the worlds radio programme….very, very often. I seem to remember the Chinese saying they once learned English via the WS or that it assisted them greatly. Think they must be doing that with a Nigerian twang now? Its no longer much about Britain and English! I welcomed it in S. Arabia when the Grand Mosque was grabbed in Mecca (oops!). Anyway, comms blackout on a comms system that was largely banned anyway.
    This licence fee began with the Wireless & Telegraphy Act that required anybody operating radio receivers and/or transmitters to annually cough up. That Act is likely still in place thus allowing you to be nailed harshly. Not sure any more and largely don’t care.
    The detector vans as far as I remember used radio spectrum analysers (SA) and as I experienced on a different job were used often by the FCO in other places. The detector vans sought the common TV LO frequency, I was looking for other stuff. I saw one very early one morning (6:30) pull out of a small residential area bordering the countryside…big antenna array on the vehicle side. That’s an array capable of forming a narrow receiving beam.
    They have a database now, so no reliance on SA’s I think?
    Does the Royal Family pay this poll tax?

    • The current legislation requiring payment of a licence fee is the Communications Act 2003 and the spate of pettifogging regulations made thereunder. There is an arguable case that the licence fee is actually unenforceable in any circumstances, because the legislation says the Secretary of State and/or the BBC may make regulations (without even referring them to Parliament for democratic input). Though the Secretary of State’s regulations are promulgated, the BBC’s are not. And there is reason to believe that the BBC’s regulations are not identical to those of the Secretary of State. The BBC’s regulations are not required to be identical to those of the Secretary of State, but they must not be incompatible with them.
      However, the BBC’s regulations, like those of the Secretary of State, must be published in an organized formn. As far as I know, the BBC has not done this. For instance, there is nothing in the Communications Act to say that one may watch a TV without a licence as long as it is not receiving live programs. The BBC permits this, but there is no document, as far as I know, in which all of the conditions on which licences are and are not required are clearly spelled out. Accordingly, the entire regulations are void for uncertainty of promulgation, and no one can be lawfully made to pay a licence fee.
      If anyone knows of any BBC regulations made under the Communications Act, please join this thread.

      • That identifies inconsistency and failure particularly where parliament is not consulted. The BBC thus effectively acting as a pirate broadcaster. It is often indicated that Gov and BBC are too closely linked and therefore can get away easily with such non compliance(s).
        I once tried to understand that Act relating to GPS repeater systems. I gave up in the end. They were banned latterly due to usage against the emergency services and so on.

      • I think that currently the BBC says that you may not watch anything, on any device, that is being broadcast to air or has recently been broadcast to air, This is probably why they keep saying that they are available on tablet, mobile and wotnot, preparing for some new arrangement in the next revue of the license fee.
        By the way that big mast at Crystal Palace fried the security system on my ancient vehicle a few years ago so they got me someway.

      • A sudden thought….does the edge of the Freeview footprint in outer Scotland radiate upon you. Freeview…..bit of a strange term to use I thought?
        Best wishes to you in this endeavour and let us know about funding requirements. And via Bishop Hill if poss.

    • The telephone tax reimposed by LBJ to pay for the Vietnam War has still not been totally repealed, although parts of it were in 2006, after 40 years.

  49. To all those Brits who have no TV and find the constant letters harassing: Send a polite reply ‘Recorded Delivery’ marked FAO whoever the signitory is and put Copy to whoever your MP is on the bottom. Send a copy to your MP marked ‘No action to be taken – for information only.’ You’ll get a much more polite reply from TV Licensing telling you they won’t write again for two years. It’s possible, but unlikely, that you’ll still get a visit, though.

  50. Mind control is a terrible thing to waste, like a missed opportunity for some social architects.

  51. I evicted the TV from my house years ago. Good move.
    I can get all the news and comment I want via the internet. Most Hollywood films are sh*te, the news is full of lies, soaps are full of social engineering messages and corporate product placement. The ‘news’ (the BBC/corporate kind) is there to form public opinion, not to inform the public. The TV’s a waste of space; there’s nothing on there I’d want to watch. It is a very great shame that millions of people are hypnotised by it though.
    In the wake of Cameron’s “if you obey the law we will leave you alone” (but not anymore because we’re implementing a super high-tech, stazi-style, pre-crime detection, mass surveillance system to deprive law abiding citizens of their right to free speech) statement, I think it is good that MB is drawing attention to the plight of the ordinary citizen being subjected to this kind of tyranny.

  52. No wonder the manipulators of all global financial markets are in London. The enforcers are out checking BBC license fee compliance. I’ll bet this is also on the top of the list of compliance steps by extremist cells and Russian assassins to avoid exposure.

  53. Dear Chris,
    I can’t fathom what your article might have got to do with global warming (or lack thereof) but you are funny and fun is the salt of life. I am trying (on a much lower level than you) to fight the TV tax They insist on imposing on me every year in Paris, and I am going to use some of your tactics for next year. To thank you, if one day you feel like taking a break from what they insist on calling food in the UK (with the exception of scottish breakfasts, of course) I am ready to offer you a dinner in Paris, as long as you are willing to put up with my accent. Just let me know.

    • What would a global warming themed Parisienne dinner consist of ?
      the organizers of the whatchamacallit summit need to know

    • Dear Kalya22, – Count me in. I’ll be in Paris in December for the UN pifflefest, and if you had a room for me that would be excellent. Then I could take you out to dinner.
      The connection between this article and global warming is that the BBC has relentlessly misled its viewers and listeners about the subject, and has abandoned the impartiality enjoined upon it by its agreement with the Secretary of State. If we can knock the BBC off its perch, the prejudices of the British establishment that run strongly in favour of the climate nonsense would begin to shift quite rapidly.

      • I wish I had a room for you… but the dinner invite stands.
        Thanks for the explanation. Your effort at knocking the BBC off its perch is extremely ambitious in my views, but your correcting their BS is very much appreciated! Keep at it as long as They don’t succeed in making it illegal to do so…

  54. Lord Monkton, try to get the BBC to actually reveal if they are actually receiving ANY signals from a television set. I’m going to bet that it will turn out that the whole detector thing has been a fraud from the beginning. That’s as somebody who’s been playing around with electronics since he was 15, and been dealing with either keeping RF out or keeping RF in one way or another for about 20 years off and on in a bunch of environments. There’s a whole science to shielding for interference and eliminating it and quite frankly if the RF is done properly, which these days it usually is, there is no way that I know of that will detect RF or EMF within inches of the device, let alone outside, through a stone wall and the body of a van.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2445153/Are-TV-detector-vans-just-cunning-trick-For-decades-claimed-trap-licence-cheats-In-fact-theyve-led-single-prosecution.html

    • This is why we have class action lawyers in the U.S. But I suppose the NSA programs are the equivalent on a far larger budget scale. Oh, this is not about national security.

    • Actually, the old analog TV’s in the wooden cabinets, later plastic, leaked like a sieve. The trucks look like they’re picking up the leakage from the IF strips, a standardized frequency no matter what channel you watched on 21 or 42Mhz. The 4.5 Mhz sound IF FM could also be picked up, the difference frequency between the AM picture carrier and FM sound carrier on every channel (different but standardized on every analog TV in a country). Any of the three systems radiated like hell as any AM radio listener nearby can attest listening to the horizontal oscillator’s horrible harmonics output from the high voltage section (harmonics every 15.575 Khz across the AM radio band buzzing away). During these times, it was easy to spot a running TV and, with a little tuning, you could listen to the audio on its audio IF frequency to tell which channel it was tuned to.
      Today, however, in digital land without all the IF strips, high voltage horizontal sections, etc., I think the trucks are old time bullshit, UNLESS the UK govt has forcibly installed a transmitter in each TV sold in the UK to entrap users. Maybe that’s what’s in the new units….a kind of cellphone transmitter to a central station….real easy to do.
      Larry W4CSC. Ham since 1957 (I was 11). Broadcasting and military electronics for over 40 years.

      • Thanks Larry for the explanation. I thought our folks in the US were monitored somehow like a poll to get an idea how popular certain programs were.

  55. I must change a few things in the article, we dont pay a TV tax in OZ but the federal Government gives the “Their” ABC lot’s of money, the rest is mostly the same 100% warmist/marxist. Abolishing/selling/commercializing the entity would save a lot of money and heartache, probably increase unemployment… and send a couple of “latte” supplier to the wall. On the other hand we might end up with an ABC that has to compete in the real world, “Katmandu” and “WotIf” dont have that much money to throw at the green left. They will have to sharpen their act. Let’s hope…

  56. ‘Goons,’ are not government employees, they work for Capita, a private company. When you buy a TV in the UK, you are obliged to give your name and address, I pay with money and give them a false address.

    • Yes it was, and they have gone on record as saying that some of the stuff they did then would never be allowed now.

  57. Too bad you folks don’t get commercials on the TV. Many of the commercials are better than the programs. Although they don’t have to be to be very good to be better.

  58. Only government and the idiots who often inhabit it’s offices are capable of such mind-numbing stupidity. Why people willingly give them more and more power is beyond me because you can always say no to the local cable provider but you can’t say no to Big Government. Comcast can’t throw me in jail or fine me.
    If the trend in the UK is anything like the US, the tax will take care of itself. More and more people simply get their entertainment over the internet and forego cable programming. Even this humble 54 year old Yank has pulled the plug on Comcast.
    So come on all you brave Brits, the chaps who stood up to the Hun and then the Nazis with unmatched courage and defiance, the great isle that ruled the seas until the good ole USA showed you the door back in 1783, and again in 1812. ( although you might consider coming back and burning the White House and the Capitol again, I’d be obliged). Are you going to submit to threats of violence from your so called countrymen in little gray mini vans merely to be able to watch the knee deep crap on the tele?
    Are you going to voluntarily give your masters 250 bucks a year to have your common sense abused each and every day?
    When that little van shows up at your home with that curly headed cockhold princess inside, get out in front of it, reach down and give the ole twig ‘n berries a tug and yell, “Suck my Crotch, I won’t watch!”

    • Grant, are you aware that in 1812 the USA declared war on the Great Britain? IIRC the only major battle the US won was two months after the war officially ended. That and taking Toronto for a day. You can take Toronto any day you like, now.

      • The US declaration of war was in response to British orders in council, promoting impressment of American citizens into the Royal Navy. The UK reversed the policy officially before the declaration passed, but that probably wouldn’t have stopped the practice.
        The Battle of New Orleans was on Jan 8, 1815. The war ended on Dec 24, 1814. Moreover, that victory headed off secret British plans to make inroads into the “West”, ie beyond the Appalachians, with the aid of Indian leaders, despite the formal peace agreement.
        There were plenty of US victories besides New Orleans, even some I’d call major, such as naval battle on the Great Lakes and combined ops at Baltimore. The small regular US army was deployed all wrong at the outset, which is one reason why the British and Indians were able to bluff old General Hull into surrendering Detroit. He didn’t know a relief column was close.
        Had the army been in Maine instead of Michigan, the British would have been in trouble. As it was, our militia (including Jefferson’s brain dead naval militia-manned gunboats, the disgusting “Jeffs”, instead of a larger real navy) system and muddling led to our capitol being burnt down.

      • Yes but we we provoked! Imagine this’d poor kids pressed into service to the King, and of course England opposed our westward expansion.
        I realized y’all were busy elsewhere but a win’s a win.

    • The TV tax in the UK applies to live streaming on smart devices these days. So that’s PC’s, phones and the like and, believe it or not, mains powered radios.

  59. Back in the 60s a school friend of mine built a device that detected detector vans. The vans needed to use a different intermediate frequency from the one in TV sets that they were detecting, so he built a detector for that frequency. TV got switched off automatically if a van was detected, and because their gear was more powerful, he saw them before they saw him.

    • Martin, that’s funny! It will be very interesting to see what happens when the hated TV tax (which spread like a cancer to all the Colonies except Canada) is retired. If the broadcaster starts having to consider what people want to hear instead of the government’s view of life, the universe and and everything, the impact will be dramatic (pun intended).

      • Later on in rural Wales, this rig with aerials turned up in the village. Half of us rushed off to buy a licence, then it was discovered that the van was only doing signal-strength testing for a commercial station. Narrow escape for the driver and vehicle. After that they had a sign on the window explaining the purpose of the vehicle.
        During the Faulklands War the same village found a solution to low-flying aircraft. Both barrels of a 12-gauge as a Harrier flew over. Must have set off the on-board alarms, as the spooks turned up a few days later. Everyone had cleaned their shotgun, no one dobbed the perpetrator in, and the chimney-height fly-overs were never repeated.

  60. 20-odd years ago, we had a small black-and-white portable TV, and thus had the much cheaper (than colour) black-and-white TV license. The cartoons in the patronising letters we got, quite directly implying that we were fibbing about our TV, were actually insulting. It only got worse when we ditched the TV completely for about 2 years and didn’t renew. Letters, phone calls, what a nuisance. It caused even more confusion for the snoppers that the license had been in in my wife’s maiden name, as we weren’t married when we first set up home but were by the time we had no TV.
    I must confess that I do enjoy winding up the hapless bureaucrats.

  61. BBC in the long gone past, was the world greatest empire of information, but now it is an exhausted ‘emperor’ with no ‘clothes’ on.

  62. The TV license is an anachronism brought in by the post-war socialist government in order to control the masses in much the same way as rationing. Removing rationing in the mid fifties ushered in a free-market boom known as the sixties (groovy baby) and I have no doubt that removing the TV license fee would oblige the BBC to invest in such creative programming it would overwhelm the world of broadcasting. After all being constantly fed money, the BBC has nevertheless managed to produce two world beaters: – a car program previously named and a time traveller who whilst having travelled through the space time has a curious soft spot for the British. Proving that even a blind squirrel can find a nut occasionally. Imagine what would happen if the BBC was freed from the shackles of receiving a guaranteed income! World domination!

    • Ah yes – the time traveller who travelled to distant places, met interesting people, and then killed them.

      • Knock knock …
        Who’s there?
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        Yes, Watts.
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        You’re Watts.
        I’m not.
        Who,then?
        I’m Knott.
        You already said that.
        Who’s Yu?
        I’m Who.
        Hu’s away.
        No, I’m not.
        But I’m Knott!
        Not what?
        Not Watts.
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        Our host.
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        Who’s Ware?
        I’m everywhere.
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        A whole lot more reliable than Wikipedia.

    • Would be interesting to see if the Beeb could make it as a voluntarily paid TV service, offering like cable and original streaming programs in the US, as for example HBO, Netflix and now Amazon.

  63. Delighted to read this item today, the very day I open the mail-box to see my eagerly awaited “Final Notification” from one Jane Powell, TV Licensing Enforcement Division (Worcester) !
    My grateful thanks (as ever) to the writer, Christopher Monckton of Brenchley for his splendid clarity and assistance in this matter: it is one hell of an article and one which ought to be splashed out to every corner of the U. K..
    PS: Dear “kalya22”:- regarding your first sentence.
    … the subject of the article has EVERYTHING to do with global warming especially because the BBC perpetuates the global warming nonsense on a massive scale. The BBC’s programmes on “farming”, “fisheries”, “so-called science” and its’ “documentaries” are all biased in favour of the “man-made global warming” nonsense: if you live in The France you probably don’t hear them too often.
    I respectfully suggest that you read the very first paragraph of his article, thank you: it is important.
    (You will discover that everything written by this particular writer is important, relevant, factual and clear).

    • To me, discussing the science of climate “change” or fighting the funding of climate alarmists/propagandists are two, very different, activities. One is trying to get a better understanding of a physical reality, the other is concerned about people’s perceptions. Thanks for guiding me to re-read the first para. Rest assured that I enjoy reading CMofB’s articles. One more thing: I don’t watch TV, neither in The France nor anywhere else…

  64. and in australia taxpayers have to hand over in excess of $1 billion a year for the overpaid jokers at the ABC. some staff earn hundreds of thousands of $$$ more than the Prime Minister. no wonder they are so arrogant.
    in the age of the internet, cable tv, etc, i say privatise bbc and abc.

  65. Lord Monckton here in NZ I remember my parents sitting around being entertained three other British Goons (Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan and Harry Secombe) on the wireless.

  66. I get the impression that you are having a grand time doing anti-tank warfare on your lawn. Watch what you wish for. If all that is taken away your life will become unbearably B-O-R-I-N-G !!!!!!

  67. How can Harrabin and his BBC cronies continue this farrago of BBC-sponsored lies and fraud in the wake of the Jimmy Savile, Stuart Hall and Rolf Harris verdicts (admittedly, Savile did not live long enough to serve the 100- year + sentence he would have been given)? Millions of humans are making lifetime financial and behavioral decisions based on the lies promulgated by these “BBC” people. That’s millions. In twenty years (or less), when this fraud is crystal clear at the legal level, there are going to be some truly pissed off people who believed this BS from the BBC and its individual liars, and wasted large portions of their lives acting on their deliberately-induced brain damage.
    The people, hiding under the umbrella of the BBC, should be aware that they will not be able to dispose of the useful idiots they have created as easily as other regimes could in times past.

  68. How exactly do you remotely detect a TV?
    I could imagine a old CRT, giving off a detectable em signal if it’s on, but a modern LCD or Plasma flat screen? I suspect that these TV detectors are nothing more than smoke and mirror hogwash.

  69. The BBC is NOT special, the BBC is nothing but a drag on the people and government of the UK and should be privatized. If I were to move to England, I too would not pay a TV license fee. It is an outrageous case of theft. Let the BBC do what American networks, public or private, do here (indeed, BBC America does it here): ADVERTISE!!!!!!

  70. The BBC’s charter to broadcast requires it to be politically neutral. Since they have violated that charter in becoming a climate change propaganda machine, are they still entitled to the licence funding? Good question.

    • Ian Macdonald’s is the right question. The TV Licensing website, a BBC offshoot, says the licence fee pays for impartiality on the BBC’s part. So by refusing to be impartial they are making a representation knowing it to be false with the intention that people will act on it by giving them money. That is fraud.

  71. Just think of how many people’s livelyhoods depend on repressing their fellow citizens. “Just doing my job”. It’s even more powerful than “just following orders” as it’s much easier to wash one’s hands without the concentration camp connotations attached.

  72. The bbc is a mouthpiece of the European elite, the internationalists and Kommissars of Brussels, the bbc spews forth lies so effortlessly: it now is all too easily done. Al beeb, heavily reliant on the moral compass of the left, the BBC hurtles, spiralling downwards to perdition, perpetually unsuccoured but where all their allies skulk.
    Within the walls of the Donjon at Broadcasting house, all dissent is silenced and to that end, Clarkson had to go – for he insulted that great democrat and left wing ding bat Christina Elisabet Fernandez Kirchner, hells teeth “how dare he?” Al beeb loves all South America and Obama is another one they worship.
    The Tories, THE party of and supporters of Imperial Brussels will not interfere with al beeb – period………………….. doncha know there’s a referendum coming down the line?
    Next, the corporate world decreed it.

  73. My husband and I had no TV for many years while we were working, so we only had a licence for a radio (needed in those days). We therefore received regular letters demanding to know why we didn’t have the TV licence. At the time IIRC you could tick one of several alternative answers, none of which said we didn’t have a TV. We wrote back each time explaning that we had no TV but it never stopped the letters coming.
    I do watch TV now – and in fairness to the BBC I think they still have some of the best programs- but as so many have already commented they are incredibly biased on politics (left and ‘green’), climate change (every possible scare and ridiculing of sceptics) and the EU (always pro and never investigating any of money wasting or the many inanities that go on in the corridors of EU power, let alone discussing the continual blitz of directives they emit which our supine politicians nod through probably without even reading).

  74. Auntie has made it quite clear that any adverse tinkering with the licence fee will result in all the good bits being lost and a dramatic increase in American blancmange content. It works on me so I pay. The BBC promoted pro-warming Attenborough while casting anti-warming Bellamy into obscurity, they have a clear Labour/EU bias as demonstrated by their choice of Dimbleby audiences, but hey, no adverts. I know you can record and fast forward when you reach the sponsors message but what a PITA that is. I voted us in to the EU simply because ghastly General de Gaulle kept us out, we were all Francophobes back then and Daily Mail headlines of “Non” and pictures of his enormous nose made us reckless. If there is a referendum on the EU and we get the answer wrong, they will simply keep having referenda until we get it right, slightly sweetening the pot each time. Seen it all before but I say go for it. I will vote for anything that discomforts our lords and masters, it is something you do when you reach 60. Bus pass, fuel allowance, pooh sticks, cranky voting. Can’t help it.

  75. Can as many UK residents as possible who read this please write to their MP to demand that the obligation of the BBC to be impartial is enforced if written into the charter as a legal obligation and if not a legal obligation currently be made one.
    This should be a condition of the legal obligation to pay the licence fee. I understand that forcing payment by law to a brainwashing organisation is a violation of current human rights laws anyway and every single person imprisoned is a victim of an illegal detention and liable to compensation by the BBC.

  76. Those two vehicles outside your Lordships property…Mercedes Benz. Well, I never.
    A bit spendy is it not for Capita (whoever) to sit on their ars*s peering at a database full of street addresses and occupier name(s)? Lets see…. which box is ticked/not ticked?
    So nobody related to that organisation has any intention of reducing costs or doing much about value for money. Would loved to do a full systems audit on them….for free!

  77. The licence fee should be scrapped ASAP. It’s outrageous that I should be forced to subsidise what is in effect the broadcasting arm of the Guardian. The BBC is pro EU, pro Labour and its coverage of climate change is hopelessly one-sided and biased. The BBC regularly flouts its founding charter.
    The BBC Horizon program a few years ago, Science Under Attack, was hopelessly biased. It contained an outrageous and completely provable lie (that mankind emits seven times more CO2 than Nature). That the lie was spoken by a NASA scientist is sad, sad, sad.
    There’s a consistent pattern on the Today program. On any remotely controversial political subject, they will almost always have two speakers to represent the two sides of the argument. That’s as it should be. But I’ve noticed that if it’s climate change, there is usually only one speaker. Yes, you’ve guessed it: it will always be a true believer. It’s obvious why. It would be almost childishly easy for a serious sceptic to demolish the nonsense that the true believers emit. The believers like to say that the debate is over. In reality they are terrified of true debate. One rare public debate was the Oxford Union debate on climate change a few years ago. The sceptics – led by Christopher Monckton if I’m not mistaken – won the debate and the vote.
    Good luck to Christopher Monckton! The BBC’s treatment of climate change is a national disgrace.
    Chris

  78. The Good Lord strikes again! I thank God for you, Sir. You are a precious gem in a box of grey stones.
    Funny isn’t it to read here how many WUWT folk don’t watch TV? Speaks volumes.
    I too disposed of my TV – and of course the criminal licence fee – almost 20 years ago now. And it took me years to get the bloody goons off my back. They simply refused to believe that I don’t have a TV. Worked in the end, though, and I’ve never looked back. It’s the only way forward for an autodidact. Sure there are some things I miss, Top Gear being the biggest hole in my viewing pleasure. But it’s amazing how fast the ‘brainless entertainment’ hole is filled up by more constructive and upbuilding pursuits. Highly recommended from one who has gone before…

  79. For those concerned that the demise of the BBC will result in a loss of favourite TV programs, do not worry!
    Most programs these days are made by private ‘production companies’. The programs will still be shown on a channel visible to you…..
    Here are that top 20, they make most of the programs shown in the UK (except for BBC repeats…..)
    1 All3Media (inc Bentley, Company, Lime, Lion, Maverick, North One, Objective, One Potato, Two Potato, Optomen, Studio Lambert)
    2 Shine Group (inc Kudos, Princess, Dragonfly, Shine TV)
    3 Endemol UK (inc Remarkable, Initial, Tiger Aspect, Zepportron, Darlow Smithson, Tigress)
    4 Zodiak UK (inc RDF, Bwark, IWC, Bullseye, Lucky Day, Comedy Unit, Touchpaper, Presentable, The Foundation, Red House, Mast Media)
    5 IMG Sports Media
    6 FremantleMedia UK (inc Thames, Boundless, Retort, Talkback, Newman Street)
    7 Shed Media (inc Shed Productions, Wall to Wall, Ricochet, Twenty Twenty, Yalli, Renegade, Watershed)
    8 Tinopolis (inc Mentorn, Daybreak, Pioneer, Sunset+Vine)
    9 Avalon (inc Avalon TV, Liberty Bell, Tinderbox, Topical, Flame)
    10 NBC Universal (inc Carnival Film & TV, Monkey)
    11 Left Bank
    12 Twofour
    13 Hat Trick
    14 DCD Media (inc Prospect, September, Rize USA (jv), Matchlight (jv)
    15 Boom (inc Oxford Scientific, Boomerang, Indus)
    16 Argonon (inc Leopard Films, Remedy)
    17 Impossible Pictures
    18 Raw TV
    19 Sony (inc Silver River, Victory, Gogglebox)
    20 Nutopia

  80. Heavens, M’Lud, is that your matt black BMW (M6?) Coupe parked outside your front door on Google Street View? If so, you have just been elevated in my estimation from your position as simple hero to the rarified atmosphere of superhero status 🙂
    Not only do you encapsulate in the minds of many the essence of what a Lord should be – an eccentric statesman yet genuinely and lovingly concerned with the well-being of his subjects, etc. – but it looks like you may even be a petrolhead to boot! Can it get any better? And now I’m beginning to sound like a groupie, a Monckton fanboy. Oh well, so be it, maybe I am, and maybe I should be proud of it! After all, great men follow great men…

    • Mr Smit is as endearingly flattering as many who have commented here. And I am indeed a petrolhead: until a few years ago, when a very rare disease attacked my vitals and made driving impossible, I drove Ducati 996, Honda SP2, Suzuki GSXR1100 and Aprilia RSV1000 V-twin motorcycles, When we lived in Cyprus, I belonged to the Sunday at Seven sportbike brigade, which I led on mountain roads because the Ducati was better at going round the bends: I have the worn footpegs and knee-sliders to prove it.

      • Christopher,
        I’m not into cars, and I don’t own a car, but I’m definitely a Top Gear fan. I’m sure you saw their Arctic special a year or so ago. Jeremy Clarkson’s commentary right at the end of the program contained a surprisingly sceptical comment for the BBC, in fact I’m surprised they let it through. I’ve little doubt that Clarkson has climate sceptical leanings.
        Keep up the good work and good luck with your battle with the BBC!
        Chris

        • My MP Andrew Selous has replied as follows :-
          Dear Mr Mallett,
          Thank you for your email and for raising with me your concerns about whether the BBC is violating the terms of its charter by refusing to give air time to global warming sceptics. The new Government will now deliver a comprehensive review of the BBC Royal Charter, ensuring it delivers value for money for the licence fee payer, while maintaining a world class service and supporting our creative industries.
          Given your specific concerns I have written on your behalf to the Director General of the BBC, Lord Tony Hall, to raise on your behalf concerns about the BBC refusing to give air time to global warming sceptics. Please be assured that I will be back in touch with you as soon as I receive a reply to my letter to the BBC.
          With very best wishes,
          Andrew Selous
          Member of Parliament for SW Bedfordshire
          & Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Justice
          http://www.andrewselous.org.uk

  81. This whole thing reminds me of the poll tax, introduced during the Thatcher years in the UK. I had payment options, cash (Yeah right. Didn’t have much cash after tax thanks Mags), direct debit (DD) or standing order (SO). So, wanting control over my bank account and finaces, and not letting some two bit local council, direct access to that account via DD I went down the SO path. Month after month I used to get letters saying I had not paid my tax, when in fact I had. The issue was the time it took for the transaction to be paid by my bank, funds leaving my account and then accepeted by bank the council used. I was sent letter after letter stating that I had not paid my tax and would be called to court to answer, even put in prison FFS! I replied, once and once only, for the council to do exactly that. I never heard from them again. Fortunately, a few years later I migrated away from what is the UK copy of the USSR/North Korea etc. A once great nation, now simply a source of funds for the EU tax teat suckers. But I have a similar problem here in Aus and, having worked in the banking IT industry for 20 years, there is absolutely NO excuse for delay or fees for fund transfers. None what so ever!

    • It is strange that, when the poll tax was £300, there was rioting in the streets. Now that the council tax is £1600 (and rising, despite claims by the government that it is frozen) nobody seems to mind.

      • But the poll tax was a Tory tax, and the council tax is a Socialist tax. It is extremely rare to find a British rioter who votes Tory or UKIP. It is the Left who, when – as they always do, they lose the argument – resort to violence.

        • And, of course, the Tories are quite happy to keep the Socialist council tax going, at ever increasing levels.

      • “Richard Mallett
        May 19, 2015 at 7:33 am”
        The council tax is a local Govn’t tax, a, as stated council tax. Were “rates” not a council tax? It’s nothing like income tax or VAT. I can assume you know nothing of tax in the UK as it seems you have not had a “visit” from the VAT man.

  82. Oh my, it does get better! You reside next door to the Scottish Malt Whisky Society, when you’re in town, of course. How convenient…

    • But the whisky is better and the company even more congenial at my club on Princes’ Street, with a fine view from the members’ drawing room to the Castle. For a good budget whisky, I recommend 14-year Oban single malt, which nicely combines the smoky peatiness of the island malts with the smooth mellowness of the Highland malts.

      • Hahaha! Thanks for the advice, your Lordship. Yes, I too am very partial to the Island malts, and Oban is a very fine drink indeed. And kudos for your biking adventures! I have a 1979 Kawsaki Z750 upright twin, so am very familiar with the that fabulous feeling of freedom afforded by sitting astride a large and powerful engine on two wheels 🙂

  83. I suppose these points have been substantially covered already, but;
    a) The UK’s Television License fee is compulsory; it is exacted on all who have a TV with the full force of the State, under the threat of loss of liberty.
    b) All of the License income is hypothecated to the BBC. It follows that all who work and/or present there, such as Dimbleby, Paxmey wan, etc., are existentially reliant on at least one person per week (mainly a wretchedly poor woman ) being sent to prison.
    c) A quite subtle point is that the economic effect is the wasteful over-production of TV entertainment in the UK. For example, to watch a subscription channel, the BBC fee must be paid, as well as the subscription fee. The effect is that every programme that the subscription channel makes, the BBC makes a programme that is not actually needed.Thus, the UK produces twice as many telly-programmes than are needed; and the populace pays twice as much for their Television programmes.
    d)The BBC alone, are the sole arbiters on what they will, and will not show. The BBC Management’s choices are not moderated by external considerations other than the opinions of their socio-economic peer-groups … mainly circles of Oxbridge Graduates operating in the Media and Politics, within the Metropolis
    .
    e) An example of the priorities of this elite. BBC 20,000 staff: Royal Navy 35,000

    • In response to TonyN, They can’t take away your liberty for not holding a TV licence: only for contempt of court where the magistrates have ordered you to pay. If you’re poor, they’ll make arrangements for you to pay over time – an arrangement that the BBC also offers, though you pay extra for it.
      All of TonyN’s other points are horrifyingly true. We need to spend a lot more on the armed forces, and nothing at all on the unspeakable BBC.

      • It seems to me that the only reason to spend a lot more on the armed forces is if we want to continue to be the world’s policeman. I would argue that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan left the state of those countries (and the threat from them) worse than before.
        AFAIK we are still spending millions per head of population on the Falkland Islands.

      • Why on Earth would you pay a license fee for a public broadcast? Isn’t that what taxes are for? I think everybody is confused by historic “wings”. We have one system and it is owned, lock stock and barrel by central banks. Forget the left and right, we have something far worse, global fascism comes close but is still not a perfect description. Running the world’s wars statistically, since at least*, the decoding of the enigma machine has created our reality. We live in a model, a creation of old world economists! Have a nice day 😉
        * It goes much further back, a history of war is a history of the bond market.

      • Mr Mallett is not happy at defense spending in the UK. But one unquestionable benefit of that spending was that, as a result of the defeat of a hideous and murderous regime in Argentina following the failure of its invasion of British sovereign territory in the Falkland Islands, that nation was set free.
        It is a shame that, with Margaret Thatcher and her more than usually competent government no longer in charge, the subsequent adventures of Britain’s armed forces in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya etc. have been far costlier and fare less beneficial to the nations on whose soil they were fought.

        • Exactly. If we were to examine the cost / benefit ratio for the armed forces, it would not look good.

    • I’ve learned quite a lot more about the BBC and UK laws and heavy handed methods of thought control from this post than I expected. This follows my “education” on the state-structured tax cheats in Switzerland and the wealth they generated during WW2 and into current times. Then there are the French. I would retreat to some remote comfort in the wilder places in the U.S. except that the new normal of state-sponsored over reach has spread across the land like some passage from Lord of the Rings.

  84. Two vans eh, that sounds like possible political targeting to me. Was one of the van drivers named Lois Lerner? Has anyone investigated payola connections between BBC execs and harassment of political targets by these contractors?

  85. But, but, but….think about how long it might take us to get the Chilton Report if not for the BBC’s tireless, relentless, indeed indefatigable efforts to get the tardy report released. You Brits should be very thankful for reporting like that, and gladly cough up this mere pittance for the valiant nay intrepid job the BBC does to keep its subjects informed.
    Meanwhile, over on the Left Coast of the colonies, I can pick up about 40 channels with my latter-day rabbit ears – most in HD – but only 30 minutes daily of BBC World now since KCET discontinued carrying MHZ worldview, which offered 2 hour segments of newscasts from around the world, including BBC, NHK, DW, France 24, Euromax, CCTV, CNC, and RT.
    MHZ was dropped about the time of the MH17 affair, when the western media was in a full-court press accusing Russia of the shoot-down. No fair letting RT tell the Russian side of the story, I guess.
    KCET still carries NHK full-time, and global warming is a common theme in some of their programming. I can also pick up CCTV out of 29 Palms, which community relays and/or rebroadcasts several Chinese TV channels for the entertainment and edification, one must assume, of the marines stationed nearby.
    You’d be surprised how easy it is to make TV enjoyable simply by turning the volume to 0. If you really must know what they are saying, there’s always the closed captions option.

    • <strike<ChiltonChilcot Report
      (Chilton repair manual search open in other tab, and still working on first cup of coffee are my paltry excuses for this unpardonable flub)
      By way of atonement I offer this visit from Central Services:

      from the Terry Gilliam’s movie Brazil

  86. When did the license fee originate? During WWII (for radio, of course)? Back then I would assume there was sufficient unanimity among the British public that a promise of political ‘neutrality’ was plausible. Today I expect not. Too many of one side or another (and there are more than two sides) would find some position to complain about. Given this reality, it is clearly time to stop pretending and abolish the fee.
    Here (in America) I would join the ranks of those ‘cutting the cord’ of cable TV, but for the excellent Special Report (on Fox News, with Brett Baier), and the possibility of watching Red Sox games (though I rarely find the time). Otherwise, we watch a Saturday-evening DVD or stream from Netflix, via the Internet. Some of those, like old ‘Inspector Morse’ shows, and the wonderful ‘Foyle’s War’ series, I think were produced by the BBC, so I would hope they would survive in some form even absent the absurd license fee.
    /Mr Lynn

  87. Another point that may be of interest, is that it is a creature of technology. At the start of radio broadcasting, there was really only enough bandwidth for one station to transmit, to avoid interference. The USA got over the problem by having lots of low-power stations to cover their large country.By contrast the UK is a small area, and only one station could be supported. This meant that an unavoidable monopoly was necessary to run this station. The original director Lord Reith disapproved of monopoly per-se, but was stuck with the problem of how to manage it until enough bqndwidth became available. He thought it best to steer the British Broadcasting Corporation between the rock of Government control and hence propaganda, and the whirlpool of commercial monopoly and hence corruption. He chose Quality as the way forward, where only the highest standards were acceptable. Sadly, WWII and then a repeat of the bandwidth crisis with the introduction of TV, and later Colour TV, has led to Reith’s Quality path becoming overgrown.
    As with all institutions who live for too long, the BBC has now become comprehensively corrupted, and is a creature of rent-seekers and social, cultural and political hegemonists of all kinds. I give one example, where a BBC presenter can claim that the purpose of the BBC is to hold the government to account. In other words, those in the BBC think they have a right to act as Her Majesty’s loyal Opposition yet without being voted in to perform that task, or having to swear an oath of allegiance to the Crown ( aka all of the citizens) .
    Now that each of us has more bandwidth in our mobile phones than the BBC started with, there is no technical need for an ‘arms-length’ supposedly independent monopoly broadcaster any more.
    It really is time for Parliament to recognise that, as a temporary expedient, the BBC has done well but now there is no shortage of bandwidth, it is time to call it a day. As a nation, we are at great risk of disintegration via the antics of the quidnuncs who have taken over the BBC.

  88. hmmmm…a tea party comes to mind. The Port of London perhaps? You could dump your remotes there.

  89. Hmmm. I wonder what the other residents of Queen Street make of His Lordship claiming their communal gardens as ‘his’ ?

  90. ‘Goons,’ are not government employees, they work for Capita, a private company.
    Capita work for tv licensing a bbc company.

  91. I’m sorry to be so lighthearted, but the idea of mobile “television detectors” soundMonty Python sounds like something out of a Monty Python sketch.

  92. It is unlikely the BBC will lose the license fee. The TV broadcast situation in America is a real object lesson to anyone over here. Not only is USA TV deluged with twice as much advertising, but there is no legal requirement on TV stations (such as Fox News) to even attempt to present objective news coverage. That is why Fox News in the USA is so much worse than Sky News in the UK and generally gets a number of “pants on fire” categorisations for lies from organisations such as Politifact (who incidentally have a go at Obama too, just in case you are going to claim they are biased). But let’s be fair, Fox News sometimes does tell the truth too.
    Monckton does not like the BBC coverage of climate change purely because it IS forced to be objective. The fact is that at least three different surveys (using at least two different methods) of climate scientists who have published in peer-reviewed journals (the gold standard) conclude that 97% (or 98% in one survey) have found AGW to be real.
    The dissenters from this viewpoint are generally of a conservative bias with hierarchichal / individualist character traits, which says that arguing with the conclusions of mainstream climate science is a political act, rather than anything to do with science. And the post from Monckton and similar comments posted here containing the phrase”wall-to-wall Marxism” also places him and various comment authors firmly in the same camp.
    Since AGW is consensus mainstream science, backed by a variety of analysis methods and agreed by climate scientists of all political persuasions, why should those seeking to question it on political grounds be given an equivalent air time? They should not. The science is clear, and the ideology of those opposing the science is clear too.
    A further interesting correlation is with education level. Conservatives with a higher level of education tend more to oppose AGW, with the exception that if the education is in climate science then they support AGW.
    The weather forecasters are a good case in point. Going back 10 years when weather forecasts were only good for a few days, meteorologists were split around 50:50 on AGW. However, with the advent of more accurate forecasts based on ensembles of supercomputer weather runs, these guys had to learn to look ahead a few more days, which meant they had to look at some physical effects they could previously ignore. As a result of the necessary relearning now 90% of weather forecasters will confirm AGW is real.
    So with expert opinion swinging in favour of AGW, and religious leaders telling everyone it is immoral not to address climate changes, why should be BBC not present these facts?

    • Pete, why are you pontificating about others saying AGW is real? Why don’t you show the data they, and presumably you, have for AGW being real ?
      Most readers here, many of who are scientists and engineers, don’t give a sh!t about endless appeals to authority.

    • …. and, failing that, which is inevitable, could you please provide data showing that 10 years ago, meteorologists were split 50:50 on AGW and that now 90% of weather forecasters will confirm that AGW is real.

    • Climate Pete
      You assert

      Monckton does not like the BBC coverage of climate change purely because it IS forced to be objective.

      Say what!? “BBC coverage of climate change” IS “objective”?
      On which planet is that true?
      Clearly, you have not read this thread. I refer you to my above post here and the subsequent posts in this thread.
      That post pertains to my complaint to the BBC which can be read here and is that

      The programme titled ‘Climate Change by Numbers” was blatantly biased and factually inaccurate political propaganda. This constitutes a breach of the BBC’s Charter because …

      The BBC has failed to answer the complaint.
      Please explain any errors you think exist in the clear evidence and argument presented in the complaint or admit that the BBC provides “blatantly biased and factually inaccurate political propaganda” on climate change.
      Richard

  93. I have notified Mark Garnier MP (Wyre Forest/Worcs) about this BBC and the Anglia Uni problem.

    • And 15 mins later I get a return email:
      Hi Colin
      Thanks for your email – given the topic, I have asked our HoC Office to respond directly to you.
      Tracey XXXXXX
      Parliamentary Caseworker
      Mark Garnier MP’s Office
      9a Lower Mill Street
      Kidderminster
      Worcs
      DY11 6UU
      Tel: XXXXXXX
      my XXXXX’s to protect the innocent?!

  94. Last night on BBC World Service (the worlds radio programme….yeah right!)
    After a few hours of yadder up pops a female presenter: (as I remember and not)
    “A business person (forgot name) has sponsored a bunch of people (scientists?) to journey round the world collecting DNA. Collected a huge amount of tiny creature DNA. On evaluation of the DNA the scientists(?) realised that it was all so sensitive to temperature. So we should be very aware of……. climate change”.
    So really the DNA collected is nothing to do with murderers, rapist etc…just tiny things. I think for the most of us its irrelevant and thankfully did not take tax dollars perhaps? It was just a piece to further punch out the AGW threat as the BBC WS does on many occasions each night in UK.

  95. Entertaining and I agree wholeheartedly. But really just tilting at windmills.
    The BBC are just the stooges. And the ABC in Australia. You really need to kill the corruption at it’s source. That’s the political activists masquerading as climate scientists.

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