Views on gambling

York Press: Views on gambling Views on gambling

THE Press of January 8 reports that Hugh Bayley MP “blasts fixed-odds betting terminals the crack cocaine of betting”.

Is this the same man who voted in favour of the 2005 Gambling Act?

An Act which, in spite of evidence presented at the time showing that these machines posed a risk of causing problem gambling, did no more than impose a limit of four machines per high street premises (a position viewed by many at the time as being a trade-off between the Government and the betting industry)?

Does the present view of York’s MP represent a change of mind or is he once again merely following his party’s whip?

I think we should be told.

John Craven, Main Street, Nether Poppleton, York.

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10:40pm Sat 11 Jan 14

ColdAsChristmas says...

Lobby Fodder. How about some representation?
Gambling is a sickness and the cure is to reduce the outlets to protect the sick from themselves. BUT, like anything, there is a lot of income for the Treasury to consider. It is usually the poor paying the price as usual!
Lobby Fodder. How about some representation? Gambling is a sickness and the cure is to reduce the outlets to protect the sick from themselves. BUT, like anything, there is a lot of income for the Treasury to consider. It is usually the poor paying the price as usual! ColdAsChristmas
  • Score: 6

3:33am Mon 13 Jan 14

Magicman! says...

At the very least, I think there should be regulations along the lines that a betting shop is not allowed to be within 500 yards of a jobcentre of other benefits office, not allowed within 500 yards of a supermarket of any type, not allowed within 500 yards of homeless centre etc etc.... because most of the time the betting shops are placed strategically near places that will be frequented by their target market (poor people who think the gambling shops are there to help themselves get more money, when in fact the opposite is true). In Stonebow we have a betting shop right next door to the jobcentre, and that's just asking for trouble.
At the very least, I think there should be regulations along the lines that a betting shop is not allowed to be within 500 yards of a jobcentre of other benefits office, not allowed within 500 yards of a supermarket of any type, not allowed within 500 yards of homeless centre etc etc.... because most of the time the betting shops are placed strategically near places that will be frequented by their target market (poor people who think the gambling shops are there to help themselves get more money, when in fact the opposite is true). In Stonebow we have a betting shop right next door to the jobcentre, and that's just asking for trouble. Magicman!
  • Score: 3

3:42pm Mon 13 Jan 14

bravo whisky says...

Typical Labour Party thinking, say one thing, do the opposite. when will these people who keep voting for Bayley ever learn.
Typical Labour Party thinking, say one thing, do the opposite. when will these people who keep voting for Bayley ever learn. bravo whisky
  • Score: 8

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