Irish begrudgery is world renowned. A successful Irish business person could have his back stabbed more times than a dodgey turkey at Christmas, before he’s finally put to the coffin. Outsiders often mistake Irish begrudgery as just dislike or hate, or even as a means to better the image of oneself in the eyes of others, but its not that; its just a vicious snide technique to make everyone feel as bad as they do. I could go on but the thrust of this post has got to do with the current, non-relenting, add campaign for the Irish TV licencing scheme.
Every single day we get bombarded with adds reminding us of the evils of not paying our TV licence. I find it particularly offensive when these adds come on the radio. Why the fuck do I need to get assalted by adds for TV licences on the radio!? RTE constantly remind Joe Soaps on the Live Line that Joe Duffys wages don’t come from monies gathered from the Licence fee’s so why the radio spots? If I wanted to watch TV I wouldn’t be listening to the damn radio! Now even this isn’t exactly what I wanted to post about.
I refer to the punch line of all these (wholeheartily fucking annoying!) addvertisments which goes like: “ho ho, and your name will end up in the paper” after which a woman talking to someone else smirks “well would ya look at who didn’t pay their tv licence fee”. Begrudgery! Fucking, Irish, begrudgery, is being used to make people pay their TV licence fee. Way to go RTE. Mind you what can you expect from the minds that bring you shite like Fair City to the screens. Not only that, but unlike in Britain where the BBC don't make money from advertising, we get adds every five seconds. Imagine that, we here in the sucky Eire Republic have to pay to watch add breaks!!
And anyway, so what if your name is in the paper! I’m actually embarrassed to tell people I pay my TV licence fee, I don’t watch television and even if I wanted to I can’t because I'm unable to recieve enough reception for even sound, but “ho ho” I have a tv so “ho ho” I have to pay the fee! Well “ho ho”, suck my fuckin balls RTE!