An award-winning youngsters’s author and illustrator has
responded to TV Licensing
threats with a hilarious letter addressed to the BBC.
Jackie Morris has been warned umpteen occasions that she may face
a effective of as much as £1,000 for not possessing a licence.
Jackie, who travels the UK encouraging individuals to learn books and
help their native guide shops, mentioned she hasn’t owned a
tv for 25 years.
The newest of the letters was the ultimate straw,
reports Wales Online.
Her sensible reply lists all the opposite licences that she
would not have – or want. They embody “a licence to kill”, with
the reasoning that she is “not a member of MI5”.
This is the viral letter in
I just lately acquired a letter from you. Each two years or so I
get one. This one urged that there was an pressing
requirement to handle the issue of my lack of a TV licence.
I’m sorry, however after 25 or extra years I nonetheless would not have a
licence, and now I’ve run out of persistence. I perceive your
want to make sure that individuals who have a TV ought to have a licence
for it, however as somebody who has been with no TV or the necessity
for a TV for a half of their lifetime I feel it’s time you narrow
me some slack.
I feel this and the tone of your letter, and threats of
visits, and suggestion that ultimately I’m a liar is what
lastly received my goat (I don’t even have a goat both. This
is an expression in widespread utilization, though even when I did have a
goat I don’t imagine I’d require a licence for it.)
It’s not that I hate the BBC. I love Radio 4
with a ardour. I’ve listened to the radio all my working
life, however was given to know that one doesn’t require a
licence for the radio now.
Here’s a record of different licences I don’t
Amusement allow (Northern Eire)
Apply for a listing of deaths registered within the UK
Apply for a efficiency licence
Approval for a centre to supply
Artwork therapist registration
Change into a Inexperienced Deal enterprise
Examine for those who want an environmental allow
File your Machine Video games Obligation return
Meals premises approval (England)
Meals premises approval (Northern Eire)
Meals premises approval (Scotland)
Meals premises approval (Wales)
Get a licence for a burial at sea in England – I feel
I would require one in every of these at a while, however hopefully not
for some time.
Home in a number of occupation licence
Home in a number of occupation licence (Scotland)
Home to deal with charitable collections licence (Northern
Home to deal with assortment licence (England and Wales)
Licence to own or promote drug precursor chemical compounds
Music licence for theatrical productions
Poisons licence – Hmmmm…. tempting……
Register a home in a number of occupation (Northern
Register or renew as a waste service, dealer or seller
Highway occupation licence (Scotland)
Highway occupation licence for constructing work (England and
Scrap steel seller licence (England and Wales)
Skip licence (England and Wales)
Skip licence (Scotland)
Slaughterman licence (Northern Eire) – See above….
Road assortment licence (England and Wales)
Momentary Occasions Discover (England and Wales)
I’m positive there are a lot of extra. I would not have a wild animal
licence, or possibly that could be a allow? Though I do have a tiger.
Neither do I’ve a licence to follow medication, dentistry,
I would not have a licence to board animals, though a number of appear
to dwell right here. Not working for MI5 I would not have a licence to
kill. I do have a driving licence nevertheless. And I’m hoping to
purchase a pedlar’s licence within the close to future to hawk books
in cities the place there are not any bookshops.
Not one of the different boards who administer the above licences have
ever written to me threatening to enter my dwelling to find
whether or not I’ve in actual fact, eg been practising artwork remedy with out
a license or serving meals to paying friends.
Oh, and I don’t have a TV aerial both, although I do have a
very lovely climate vane designed by Karen of Greensvanes.
It attracts desires to my home.
Why don’t I’ve a TV or a TV licence?
As a result of I learn books.
A TV Licensing spokeswoman mentioned: “We do the whole lot we can’t
to inconvenience individuals who genuinely do not want a TV Licence.
“Nonetheless, business statistics present that round 96% of UK properties
have a tv set, or watch dwell TV on different units.
“Individuals can tell us they don’t want a licence by finishing
a easy kind at www.tvlicensing.co.uk/notv .
“We’ll then replace our data and never write once more for 2
years, once we get in contact to examine circumstances haven’t
“We are able to’t put a cease to letters completely, because the
circumstances at a property would possibly change.”
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