There is another reason, in addition to those listed by the excellent Iain Murray (MW January 6), why we should oppose an extension to the BBC’s poll tax.
I am, like many of my friends and relatives, conservative, reactionary and suspicious of change.
I regard the BBC licence fee as exactly the same as if I was required by force of law to subscribe to the Guardian, even though I don’t read it, before being permitted to read the Telegraph and Spectator.
I regard the BBC as an agent of change and the organ of the radical establishment. I don’t watch it any more for this reason. That liberals insist that I pay up none the less is sickening.