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Robins Diary

It might be just me, being a grumpy old man, but are we going gambling mad?

The number of adverts on TV for some sort of gambling, betting, bingo, or similar, must mean there is plenty of money to be made for the “bookies” - but how can that be when the news programmes tell us we are all suffering from austerity??!!   I just don’t get it!  if money is so free flowing that we can all afford to have a flutter, (and we must be doing if only just to pay for the adverts), why  don’t we have any money to pay for the long list of things the politicians keep telling us about?  Or have we just all got the priorities wrong?

Fortunately, gambling has never been either a vice or a pleasure to me, so that may be why I just don’t get it!

How about, instead of taxing people who go to work, and companies who work hard to provide employment for others, why not just increase tax on gambling, and then it’s a matter of choice?

Lucky for me, I don’t make the rules up, but thought it was an interesting subject and worth a mention.          

For this week’s trivia – “The first online casinos appeared in the early 1990s and were immediately popular. There were 15 gambling websites in 1996, but the number leapt to 200 websites during 1997” – I dread to think how many there are now!!

There are many harsh lessons to be learned from the gambling experience, but the harshest one of all is the difference between having Fun and being Smart.” Hunter S. Thompson

 

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