October 20, 2004

Gambling - Who Cares?

The press are up in arms about the proposed changes to the gambling laws but I just don't get what all the fuss is about. Something like 2% of all gambling is done in casinos and yes, the new laws will allow more people to gamble in casinos. So what? Some people will win, some will lose and some will get fleeced but everybody has a choice whether to play or not. However, while a few people who are addicted to gambling may suffer, many more who like a harmless flutter will have the range of options available to them increased. I don't really gamble. Maybe the odd lottery ticket, a tenner on the national or a bet on the cup final. Yet, I can walk into a betting shop, play poker online and stake thousands on spread betting if I want to. Gambling is already part of our culture. The moral outrage could have been predicted but I'm willing to bet that it'll all blow over soon enough.