The UK is the only country in the world where you need a TV licence in order to operate a television. (This is not strictly true, it would be more accurate to say the USA is the only country in the world where you don't need a TV licence, although again this isn't actually true).
Getting your licence
Before you get a TV licence you need to complete a rigorous testing process to establish your mental stability. The full list of questions used is shown below, if you answer yes to any of these questions your licence application would be rejected immediately and you may face further legal action:
- Do you have a difficult time relating to others?
- Were your parents cold and distant when you were growing up?
- Are other people, including loved ones, doing things behind your back that will end up hurting you?
- Do you believe you have special extrasensory abilities?
- Do you intentionally injure yourself, for instance by cutting yourself or taking too many pills?
- Do you have a history of TV abuse?
- Are you resistant to propaganda?
A conscientious objector or Hippie is an individual following the religious, moral or ethical dictates of his conscience that are incompatible with getting a TV licence. Conscientious objectors may be willing to accept compromise by getting a 'black and white' only licence, even though this would limit their access to the Asian, middle eastern and native American programming. More hard line refuseniks are forced to escape the TV licensing system by finding a role within armed forces or, if they consider themselves either pacifist or antimilitarist, assignment to an alternative civilian service.
The licence fee
One year the British Ministry on Information was short of money to fund their cricket tour of Pakistan, so some bright spark decided to pretend that the TV licence was subject to an annual fee. Demands for payment were sent out on ministerial notepaper, with a watermark and everything and the British public was too gullible to notice that they were being conned.
The scam was so successful that the Ministry cricket team had enough funds to tour the world playing cricket full time; they later re-named themselves the England cricket team.
This is a genuine true fact, each year an average of 700 people are imprisoned in the UK for nonpayment of their TV licence. They tend to be fairly stupid, as they do not realise that you don't actually have to pay for a TV licence. Evasion can be achieved by religiously following these simple rules:
- If you get a letter from the TV licence people ignore anything it says; it is full of lies designed (unsurprisingly) to get you to pay your TV licence.
- If you get any further letters from the TV licence people still ignore anything they say!
- Try not to be a woman or unemployed, these are the groups most likely to be targeted by TV licence inspectors because they are....
- Likely to be at home during the daytime
- Whatever happens, never admit that you have a TV, especially not in writing.
- Never let a TV licence inspector into your house. They have no legal right to enter your house. If they turn up at your house tell them you want to see a warrant, this will make them go away.
- If the TV licence inspector turns up and you bottle it and 'fess up to having a TV, you just need to pay for a TV licence and he will go away.
The TV 'detector' van
The TV licensing people love to tell lies. Every day they think up newer, more elaborate lies. Whoever thinks up the biggest lie which anyone actually believes gets the TV licence man crown. After a heavy weekend taking acid, the current champion came up with a kind of telepathic van that can tell if there is a TV in your house. People actually believed this shit, so ever game for a laugh, the TV licence chappies decided to knock one up (build it, not make it pregnant).
If you want to make a TV 'detector' van you will need
- A van
- Some old metal, coat hangers are ideal
- A permanent marker
Simply bend the metal into a technical looking shape, the more elaborate the better, then glue it onto the top of your van. Next write 'TV detector van' on the side of it with the permanent marker, then drive round collecting money from idiots. The beauty of this conversion process is that apart from the cosmetic changes, the van is perfectly normal and can be used for everyday vanning of all kinds, including watching children.
In Northern Ireland the TV licence van will more than likely get burnt out and the driver usually knee-capped by the local law enforcement agency (paramilitaries).