Lord Hattersley Calls Gambling Legislation “Shameful”

Lord Hattersley Calls Gambling Legislation “Shameful”

Written by: ava carson on 24/01/2012 16:15

As one of Britain’s biggest casino opens in East London, Lord Hattersley criticizes it for another form of family entertainment and highlighted the “battle hardened gamblers”.

The 2005 Gambling Act that came into full effect in 2007 allowing advertising and online betting. Lord Hattersley against gambling said: “Gambling corrupts. And there is no reason to believe that most of the British public want it to spread like a plague through our towns and cities.”

“Nurturing the ‘something for nothing’ culture that lies at the heart of gambling” was helping to create “a worryingly detrimental effect on this country”.

He said that the “decision to promote gambling as a weapon in the war against economic decline — shamefully taken by a Labour Government — is an affront to the idea of Britain as it was and as it ought to be”.

Regarding the London casino he stated that bosses: “believe they operate ‘socially responsible casinos’ which provide family entertainment rather than a chance for ‘big rollers’ to risk years of savings in the hope of winning a sudden fortune”.

At the venue, run by Aspers he commented there was “a scattering of sad-faced men who walked away when they were approached”.

Adding: “undoubtedly battle-hardened gamblers — ‘hard cases’ sitting at slot machines who might appear as minor characters in a gangster movie”.

Lord Hattersley said: “Outside Aspers, the real world with all its wonders was turning. Inside, men and women were finding pleasure in staring at a screen and pressing buttons in the hope that the sudden appearance of a row of particular pictures would mean that they had won a few pounds.”

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