A right-wing think-tank has slammed the proposed move to decriminalise those who don't pay the BBC licence fee as "yet another example of dangerous permissive thinking" at the corporation.
The warnings from the Centre for Social Improvement Through Market Forces follow the announcement of cross-party support for the proposals.
The centre claims that, while the liberal media may argue that pressing criminal charges does little to discourage those who dodge the fee "for personal use", the potential damage done by looking the other way can't be ignored.
Oscar Bullingdon, chief executive of the centre, said: "Not paying the BBC licence fee is what our experts refer to as a 'gateway crime'. Some may not think there's much harm in it but in a few years those people could be committing public urination, grand larceny or even regicide.
"This is another example of the kind of dangerous attitudes that prevail in liberal metropolitan institutions such as the BBC."
However, another right-wing think-tank - the Centre for Keeping Things Just How They Used to Be - has come out in opposition to the plans.
Their chief executive Sir Harold Eton-Mess said: "I don't know what Oscar's raving about. This is an opportunity to reduce taxation, take money away from those hand-wringing lefties at the BBC and keep Rupert sweet.
"But then I suppose we wouldn't be locking up quite so many poor people," he continued. "Can I call you back? I need to have a think about this."