The TV licence system has probably come to the end of its useful life. However, leaving that overall question aside, there is no doubt that the enforcement of the licence fee payment system is bureaucratic and oppressive and non-payment of the “licence fee” tax should therefore be removed from the criminal law.
It is hard to believe that even today there are hundreds of people actually in prison for non-payment of TV licence fees.
If the licence fee system is to be retained, it should be as an obligation failure to comply with which should lead to a purely CIVIL action in the small claims division of the County Court.
Decriminalization should also proivide for dissolution of the oppressive enforcement measures taken by “inspectors” who attempt to enter homes and to intimidate citizens.
In short, the whole TV licence system as it now is seems to be a kind of quasi-Soviet 1950’s regime which should now be dispensed with.