Apparently Jeremy Hunt, one of the tory leadership candidates, was involved when this idea was first mooted. If you want some background info click on this link and have a read https://www.lbc.co.uk/news/jeremy-hunt-pensioners-pay-for-tv-licences/
It's not only me raising concerns.
That was some 12 years ago and if a week is a longtime in politics then 12 years is an eternity. Times change. And anyway it's totally out of character for the normally media loving Boris not to want to be on the telly.
There just has to be a question concerning all this at the (very appropriate) BBC tory leadership/Prime Minister hustings being held on Tuesday. Our Next Prime Minister , hosted by Emily Maitlis, will be broadcast on BBC One at 20:00 BST on Tuesday. A maximum of five candidates will take part, as the person who gets the lowest number of votes in that day's second ballot of Tory MPs ...
@majorp - did you phrase the question so that it could be posed to, and answered by, all the candidates? I believe that was a requirement. BoJo now agreeing to attend the BBC question and answer hustings on Tuesday but still not the live audience one with Channel 4 on Sunday. Good Grief! This is the man that supposedly will show 'Brussels' what for. Yet he's not prepared to face a live ...
It may be the case that only Conservative members have a vote but to say it is an internal Conservative Party matter is for the birds. I'll feel free, along with many others, to express my opinion of him and any other politician whatever party they are in whether or not I am a member of that particular party. Freedom of speech and all that.
and the nearest to being a 'man of the people' of the lot still left in the running I'd say was Sajid Javid. Boris Johnson, Eton, Oxford Michael Gove, Robert Gordon's College, Oxford Jeremy Hunt, Charterhouse, Oxford Rory Stewart, Eton, Oxford Dominic Raab, Dr Challoner's Grammar School (state), Oxford Matt Hancock, King's School, Oxford Sajid Javid, Downend School ...
Whether or not we have votes we should still have the opportunity to see what is on offer. What's the matter with Johnson? Is he frit? (to use a Thatcherite phrase).
BoJo presently not showing any wish to attend any of the leadership candidate tv debates. You'd have thought he'd jump at the chance given as he's supposed to be so bloody marvellous.
Text of letter in one of today's national newspapers. "Why all this outrage from the tabloids about the BBC proposing to only provide free tv licences to those on pension credit? I don’t see many newspaper proprietors offering a free paper to the over 75s. The BBC was put in an invidious position. If the status quo remained, programmes, even entire channels would have to be cut."