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Samuel Brittan objects to a piece of high-minded special pleading for an ever rising BBC licence fee for an ever shrinking BBC. Quality programmes need a better defence

By Samuel Brittan   October 1997

Soldier on leave in 1915 (on seeing a young Oxford don in civvies): Tell me sir, what are you doing to defend the civilisation for which I am fighting?

Don: Don’t you understand? I am the civilisation you are defending.

The fly leaf to this booklet explains that it is the third in a series of public policy reports commissioned by the BBC. It is the work of Andrew Graham, of Balliol College, Oxford and Gavyn Davies, of Goldman Sachs, and looks with alarm at a future in which the viewer (and listener?) will be able to pay for whatever…

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