For that reason alone I commend Erik's campaign because he "was being forced to pay for a service I hadn't asked for and didn't want". Erik then disconnected and detuned his TV and stopped paying. "Resisting the BBC terror tactics": We're like the suffragettes, say a growing group of TV fee refuseniks [The Times]
"'The BBC is creating fear,' he says. "The letters have a harsh tone and even if you tell them you don’t watch live broadcasts they may still send someone round to check. That says: we don’t trust you; you’re breaking the law."
Oostveen has set up a website, www.tvlicensing.biz, which campaigns for the abolition of the licence.
I'm sure that a number of people wouldn't mind if the BBC wasn't so high and mighty and paying themselves bigbucks at the taxpayers' expense. Another campign member said: "A TV tax shouldn’t exist. Debates aren’t working, lobbying MPs doesn’t work, so small people like us are making a difference. This is civil disobedience. I’m doing what the suffragettes once did."