Thursday 20 September 2018

Changing The Game

You see, this is why we still need Tom Watson. This is why we still need the Old Labour Right. Against the Blair Government's super-casinos, Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell, Dennis Skinner and Kelvin Hopkins, David Drew and Alice Mahon all voted with Frank Field and Kate Hoey.

Fixed-odds betting terminals are a very recent innovation, so it is rubbish that the betting shops would go bust without them. Instead of delaying even a very modest "crackdown" on them by two years as part of some dodgy deal, they should simply be banned outright.

We also need the empowerment of local authorities to limit the number of gambling venues, the use of that power, an end to gambling on television, an end to the advertising of gambling other than at venues such as casinos and betting shops, a ban on gambling with credit cards, and the writing into the Statute Law of the rules introduced earlier this year by the Competitions and Markets Authority against the sharp practices of the gambling industry.

New Right libertarians in both main parties would fight all of this tooth and nail. Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and our people need to hold the balance of power in it. My crowdfunding page is here, or email for other options. That address accepts PayPal.

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