...have to VPN in to the work network to deal with switches or to check the status of an outage, I'm automatically assumed to be a pirate? Seems like the BBC is looking to piss off every IT department in the UK.
I'm sure VPNs at your place of work will be exempted from any new legislation. After all, they're never going to pass a law which will inconvenience banks and large corporations. It will be dedicated VPN services that will come under attack.