Sunday, 6 January 2013
The starting point of this blogpost is the seemingly truthful observation often made by us at TV Licensing Watch that “the BBC regard all those lawfully unlicensed as “evaders” and all those "correctly licensed"* as “potential evaders”. Here is yet another newspaper article which seems to prove the accuracy of that seemingly truthful observation. It is one of several newspaper articles that have come to our attention at TV Licensing Watch this past year or so. It relates a series of events that have become wearily familiar. The prosecution and conviction in a Magistrates Court of a “correctly licensed”* citizen.
It should not happen in civilised society where the Rule of Law allegedly prevails, but it does. Unfortunately, it seems that is the reality that prevails in the UK with the imposition of the BBC TV Licence on the population of the UK by Capita Business Services under cover of the BBC TV Licensing™ contract. As with the attempted prosecution of an 81 year old woman entitled to a tax-payer funded free Over 75 TV Licence concession that we reported last year, this case once again demonstrates more than clearly the cavalier “rubber stamp” approach to prosecuting and convicting people adopted by the BBC and Capita BBC TV Licensing™ in their collective desperation to maximise BBC tv licence revenue and commission targets payable to Capita Business Services arising from the maximisation of BBC tv licence revenue. The BBC have repeatedly claimed in the various media that prosecution and conviction is a last resort when dealing with so-called “tv licence evaders”. Is that so?
So how has it come about that someone who is “correctly licensed”* and her payments up-to-date has been prosecuted and convicted of “tv licence evasion” when demonstrably she is not and never was a so-called “tv licence evader”? As with the 81 year old woman and Rikki Thursfield it seems that every safeguard designed to prevent the prosecution and conviction of the “correctly licensed”* set out in the Service Provision Agreement between the BBC and Capita Business Services has yet again been flouted. How difficult can it be for Capita BBC TV Licensing™ at India Mill, Darwen to check somebody’s licensed/unlicensed status during the preparation of a prosecution case? Especially when all the necessary information is supposed to be readily available in an accurate and up-to-date database. A well maintained and up-to-date database which both the BBC and Capita Business Services have agreed should exist in the Service Provision Agreement that both have signed.
TV Licensing Watch and fellow bloggers, TV Licensing Blogspot and Watchkeeper’s Log comment frequently about the persecution of people who are lawfully licence free. As C630 Blog puts it, when it comes to the persecution of the “correctly licensed” through the Magistrates Courts because of deficient database management that is an entirely different matter. Very serious doubts have to be raised in Westminster and Whitehall about the operation and conduct of the Service Provision Agreement between the BBC and Capita Business Services and the people raising those very serious doubts are none other than Magistrates themselves. It seems to TV Licensing Watch that Watchkeeper’s Log is absolutely correct. The BBC and Capita Business Services are rogue organisations not fit for purpose and that both the BBC and Capita Business Services are well and truly out of political control.
*”correctly licensed” a term of abuse devised and used by the BBC
The value of domestic cctv surveillance and handheld video camera can prove invaluable in gathering evidence of the serial abuses and misdemeanours perpetrated by employees of Capita Business Services under cover of the BBC TV Licensing™ contract. TV Licensing Watch advise anybody who has the misfortune to have face to face dealings with Capita Business Services TV Licensing™ to make an audio-visual record of those dealings in their entirety covertly or overtly with cctv and handheld video cameras.
For people who have not exercised their right to remain silent, TV Licensing Watch advise anybody who has had the misfortune to have face to face dealings with Capita Business Services TV Licensing™ and have received a summons as a consequence to contact a licensed law practitioner if: there is the slightest discrepancy between the actual situation regarding viewing habits and/or what actually happened during the interview compared with what has been written on the TVL178 Record of Interview self incrimination form.