Reading in Kent on Sunday that care homes throughout Kent are being forced to remove televisions from the rooms of elderly residents, my blood almost boils.
Apparently the fascist group that presently runs the TV Licensing Agency have decided that care homes are in breach of the licensing regulations even though most residents are over the age of 75 and qualify for a free TV license. The result, all the in-room televisions have to go or the homes will be fined £1000 per person.
Kent County Council have vowed to fight this stupid interpretation of the rules. What I can't understand though is a group of people sitting around a table and one saying: "Let's go after all the old people's homes" and everyone else nodding in agreement!
Worse still perhaps the potential impact on hostels which is not explored in the story. Imagine you have a month or so to live with cancer and you would like to watch the World Cup for the very last time. “Tough mate, rules is rules and the TVLA and the BBC can’t make exceptions just because you’re dying. You’ll have to listen on the radio instead”
What a brave and generous society we now live in!