And another thing...

TV Licensing (cont’d). A reader informs me of extreme measures taken by a friend who has never possessed a television licence and has constantly been accused of evasion by TV Licensing as a result. When he recently passed the age of 75, he realised that he was entitled to a free television licence. He therefore applied for one, although he still has no television, just to stop the flow of abusive letters. It is satisfying to think that the state is picking up a bill for its own intrusions.

Charles Moore in The Spectator