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There is no moral case to require people to finance BBC services they have no interest in


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Julian Jessop quoted in the Financial Times

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Julian Jessop quoted in The Sunday Times

Tax and Fiscal Policy

Professor Philip Booth writes for Conservative Home

In an article for Conservative Home, IEA Senior Academic Fellow Professor Philip Booth argues that there is no justification for requiring people to pay for television services they do not wish to watch.

He writes: “The BBC has been financed by a hypothecated tax levied on television sets since 1946. The link between television sets and watching mainstream television no longer has any meaning.”

Read the article in full here.

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