TV licence fee is like another poll tax

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SOME people say we can vote out of power the government whose taxation policies we disagree with.

This is true, but there is one tax we have no control of and that is the TV licence fee.

Or, put another way, the BBC tax. If you have a TV you have to pay the full BBC tax even if you only watch a small amount of BBC TV and listen to few radio programmes, or you don’t watch or listen to any of them.

If you subscribe to Sky or Virgin, you only pay for the category of channels you wish to watch - sport, films, documentaries etc.

Not so the BBC tax. You pay for the lot even if you don’t even watch it.

Not only is that theft it is also a poll tax. If you are a millionaire or a poor pensioner you pay exactly the same fee. The last time we had a poll tax we had riots. Is it time to man the barricades?

Bernard Darbyshire, via email

Renewables will delay recovery

Portugal is an economic mess, but took action by suspending the feed-in tariffs for new windpower projects, then announced tariff cuts for existing wind farms, which will save up to £200m.

This is an idea for Britain.

Holland abandoned renewable energy targets and slashed subsidies for wind and solar power.

Italy stopped solar energy and imposed deep cuts in wind energy due to high subsidies.

Spain slashed payouts for wind projects by 35% and solar by 45%.

France relies on nuclear. Germany cut solar subsidies in 2009, 2011 and 2012.

It has recognised the unsustainable subsidy problems with 22,200 wind turbines.

Denmark and Germany have the highest electricity prices in Europe, largely due to renewables subsidies.

Green jobs do not reduce unemployment but destroy jobs in the real world.

“We will be the greenest government ever,” trumpeted David Cameron.

However, we cannot afford to be green while other countries are rejecting the renewables scam, which makes the rich richer, the poor poorer and economic recovery less likely.

Clark Cross, via email

Let’s hear it for modest Harry

In these days of multi-millionaire Premier League footballers, it’s worth remembering how modestly footballers used to behave.

Take former Manchester United goalkeeper Harry Gregg who survived the Munich air disaster and pulled out Bobby Charlton and Dennis Violet from the wreckage as well as a mum and her baby.

Sir Alex Ferguson sent out the full Man United first team to honour Harry at his testimonial against an Irish XI.

To his credit he is going to give away some of the proceeds.

What a brave and modest man.

S Briscoe, via email