Free TV licences to be scrapped for millions of over-75s - MSE News

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  • Doc_NDoc_N Forumite
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    Cornucopia wrote: »
    What about a state newspaper?

    Not such a bad idea! At the moment we're in the sad situation of a 'free' press that's almost entirely controlled by the Conservative Party and can push out whatever propaganda it chooses to.

    Papers like the Telegraph, the Mail and the Sun in particular peddle party political messages to readers who don't even understand that they're being conned - with the inevitable impact on elections.

    Can't be right that politically biased newspapers with a hidden agenda should be determining our politics - and particularly the outcome of the EU referendum.
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    edited 15 September 2019 at 12:44PM
    What about a State supermarket chain?

    I think there are a lot of activities within our society for which a case can be made for a State-funded version. Although that depends on what the criteria are for an activity to be State-funded, since the State only has limited resources, and what resources it has come (in this context) from us.

    I think there are a number of prerequisites, all of which need to be considered before establishing a State-funded operation in a particular area:-

    - Necessity - is the activity necessary/essential? Will society suffer harm without it?

    - Universality - is the activity necessary for everyone (at some point in their lives or the lives of their family)?

    - Desirability - is the activity such that a State-funded operation can undertake it in a way that is significantly "better" than the open market?

    - Accessibility - does the State-funding of the operation permit levels of accessibility (by the Public of the service) that the open market cannot match?

    - Disbenefits - are there disbenefits from the State-funded version of the activity for which there are (or appear to be) no ready alternatives, and do the benefits clearly outweigh the disbenefits, for society as a whole, and for those who bear the effect of the disbenefits?

    - Cost - does the State-funded operation meet open market standards of efficiency, and is the cost levied on the Public reasonable, both in absolute terms and relative to the open market?

    Personally, I would say that the present-day BBC succeeds (though possibly only marginally) on accessibility, and fails in all other categories. But then being chased by the BBC's hired hands for payment that is not required will do that to a person, and it should not be necessary to get legal on them to stop it (as it was for me).
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    Doc_N wrote: »
    Independent unbiased broadcasting is crucial

    Independent and unbiased?
    :rotfl:
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    Doc_N wrote: »
    IYHO. But you're entirely wrong. Independent unbiased broadcasting is crucial - and the fake news put out by Trump, RT, Putin & Co proves the point.
    Bedsit_Bob wrote: »
    Independent and unbiased?

    Yes. You have a problem with independent and unbiased news?
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    Doc_N wrote: »
    You have a problem with independent and unbiased news?

    No, but they are neither.
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    Bedsit_Bob wrote: »
    No, but they are neither.

    Any actual evidence for that odd personal viewpoint, bearing in mind that they have a legal requirement to be both?

    Or are we talking the usual right wing nonsense, based on the inability to view anything not put out by the overwhelmingly Tory press as somehow biased?
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