Grantham Journal reader 'would go to prison' over TV licence
A Grantham Journal reader says he will take serious measures following the withdrawal of his free TV licence.
As of June 1, 2020, Mick Musson of Great Ponton will no longer receive a free TV licence.
He wrote into the Journal, threatening drastic action in response to the changes being made by the BBC.
The letter reads: “A few days ago I received a letter from the TV licensing authorities telling me that from 1 June 2020 my free TV licence was being withdrawn and that I would have to start paying for a new one.
“For the record, I can afford to do this and will even make a contribution to the Gary Lineker benevolent fund, if he finds he needs it. But I will not buy another TV licence!
“In my life, I have done many things, including working as a dustman (Grantham Corporation), a labourer on the railways (Tersons), an army pilot and the owner of what was the biggest pub in the country.
“What I haven't done is seen the inside of a prison cell. It is now one of my main aims in life to achieve this ambition. Prison life cannot be more challenging than training with the Royal Lincolns in 1959.
“My wife is completely in favour of my stand and her attitude is that it's time that someone else looked after me for a change. She says that she will come and visit me every six months or so if she is not busy.
“I know that I am treating it as a joke, because in my mind that is what it is. If everyone in my situation took a stand, the problem would be resolved.”
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