I've always seen BBC licence fee dodgers as equivalent to Americans that get super mad they have to pay school taxes even though they don't have children/their kids go to private school. Or, I guess more directly the people who get mad there's any kind of government funding for CPB/PBS/NPR.
Selfish fuckwits, in other words.
18% in fact.
From the wikipedia link in the OP:
The licence fee is classified as a tax, and evasion is a criminal offence.
Objecting to paying a tax can be seen as very different from refusing to pay a fee or a license.
That's pretty much how taxation works, veedubya, and the Licence Fee is a tax, just like Car Tax. You don't get to decide what roads get resurfaced, do you?
It's not just that a BBC interviewer will actually ask a politician hard questions, it's that they will shout at them "Answer the question!" when required. The surreal level of political corruption in the US, where changes that are against the interests of large industries are effectively impossible due to the politicians they own, would be impossible in the UK for just this reason. The BBC acts in the public interest, and makes other people do that to.
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