Thursday 22 June 2017

I refuse to pay for a TV 
licence. Next stop jail?

Mr Rabbitte said he was “disappointed but not surprised” by Ms Burton’s decision to drop him from Cabinet
Mr Rabbitte said he was “disappointed but not surprised” by Ms Burton’s decision to drop him from Cabinet

So, fresh from more web-based embarrassment for Pat Rabbitte, which saw someone reproducing an old clipping from his student activist days when he was forced to deny that he was a communist, our soon to be ex-Minister for Communications has come up with a final two-fingered salute to any of us who own a telly - and some who don't.

Like some defeated general who wants to lay waste to the ground he once occupied before retreating in ignominy and humiliation, he has decided that you, me and everyone else in this country is, to put it mildly, a pest.

In fact, our not-at-all communist politician thinks that: "Licence fee evasion is an ongoing scourge. While in the nature of things it's difficult to be exact, we estimate that it is running at over 15pc, which is more than three times the rate in our nearest neighbour. This means that around €25m to €30m of potential revenue is lost annually to RTE."

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