The BBC is on strike today.
The BBC “Speak Your Brains” site is awash with contributions from both enraged and sympathetic listeners. A number of them are asking for a percentage of their license fee back. Andre, from London, disapproves:
To all those wanting their license fee refunded – you really do appear smug, greedy, and reactionary.
In fact, there is a good argument that those who want to show solidarity with the BBC strikers should campaign for a refund of their license fee. At the present, a strike is a mild embarrassment to the BBC management but – compared to strikes in the private sector – it only impacts upon them in a rather weak and anaemic fashion.
Were listeners to be able to claim back a portion of their license fee, sympathisers with the striking BBC workers would be able to help them to hit the Corporation where it hurts: in the pocket.