Does anyone have a clue what our great Minister for Communications is doing?
If you have, then please tell him, because he seems to have utterly confused himself over his latest gimmick.
He claims he is abolishing the television licence and that he is replacing it with a “broadcasting charge”.
His argument is that not only are too many people avoiding paying the licence [*cough*] but that people are using things other than a television to watch television. What the fuck? Now I know that it is easy enough to watch television on a computer, but unless you have a fairly decent size screen, that is not normally an option for a family. He also quotes mobile phones as a means of viewing television. Now quite frankly if a family is going to sit down of an evening to watch their favourite film on a mobile phone propped on the mantelpiece then they want their heads [and eyes] examined.
The only plausible way he can run this latest farcical idea is to charge every house in the land on the assumption that everyone has a television, a computer and a mobile phone. And if you don’t have any of the three how do you prove that? Anyone knows it is extremely difficult to prove a negative.
One of the lines that has even me confused is his statement that “a huge number of the population now get their news not from sitting down and watching the nine o’clock news but accessing the arrangements that the public service broadcaster has put in place” Now what in the name of fuck is that about? Is he complaining that we read the RTE website instead of watching the news? If RTE are moaning about that then why do they have a website in the first place? That’s equivalent to complaining that we get our news from local gossip instead of the radio.
So from what I can gather, we are going to have a licence that isn’t a licence and it’s going to be levied on all households but it isn’t a household levy.
I like Pat Rabbitte.
Even on my worst days he makes me feel positively sane.