In response to Nick Booth: Bad news drought bunkers BBC, Carbonaril848 wrote:
OK, here is my definitive rant on the subject. After this I will shut up and stop boring you all.
The BBC is funded by a regressive tax of £147 which is levied on everyone regardless of the individual’s ability to pay.
At a time when thousands of TV channels are available, it alone demands support from the taxpayer. It routinely jails people – predominantly poorer young women – who cannot pay this tax.
It consistently marginalises conservative political opinions and promotes left-wing ideology. On religion, it promotes anti-Christian values on abortion and homosexuality while refusing to examine Muslim attitudes towards women, social integration and anti-Semitism. On gender, it promotes a rigidly feminist viewpoint and routinely ignores the deepest concerns of men’s rights activists while publicising the most trivial feminist causes.
On immigration it seeks to marginalise the opinions of millions of British people who are forced to live with the consequences of an influx of foreigners who cannot speak our language, have no respect for our traditions, and instantly require the support of our public services before they have contributed a penny in tax towards those services.
On Brexit it is blind to the opportunities and consistently emphasises the risks. Where it refused to publicise the many critical voices in America raised against President Obama, it routinely gives national exposure to the critics of President Trump.
At a time when we need to cut public spending to address a huge national debt, the BBC continues to operate 11 radio channels and 6 TV channels, many of which simply play music that can be obtained elsewhere or broadcast news that is freely available from a thousand other outlets. With the money it costs us every year (£3.7 billion as of 2013), we could afford ALL of these things;
One new super-prison at £250 million
10,000 prison officers at £21,400 each
50,000 police officers at £22,962 each
Three new specialist emergency care hospitals at £90 million each
50,000 nurses at £22,128 each
25,000 infantry soldiers at £14,931 each
2,500 infantry officers at £25,984 each
10,000 teachers at £22,467 each
50 free schools at £5 million each
Neither the method or the extent of the BBC’s funding can possibly be justified. It is at best a bloated bureaucracy and at worst a harbour for political views that are damaging the fabric of this country.
Its budget should be cut to a tenth of the current level immediately and the money spent on a series of far more productive and important activities that are urgently needed in this country.