U S OF A (HOLE), PIERS MORGAN BACKS US RYDER CUP TEAM

As if you needed another reason to get behind Europe for the Ryder Cup – Britain’s biggest motormouth Piers Morgan has revealed that he’s backing America, in a video released by Paddy Power. That’s right, Morgan loves America, and America loves him – or so he says.

With Ryder Cup fever sweeping across Europe, the nation’s most polarising public figures is supporting the States in golf’s showpiece event – thanks to the UK’s decision to leave the E.U. in this summer’s referendum. Bemoaning the Brexit vote, he says: “I voted Remain this summer, but 17 million of you inexplicably didn’t. Now we’re supposed to pretend that never happened and we’re one big happy, European family again at the Ryder Cup?”

The bookie is confident that Piers Morgan coming out swinging for America will help give punters another reason to support Europe ahead of the Ryder Cup, which starts on Friday.Piers Morgan claims:

“I owe some of my fondest memories to the mighty U S of A – judging America’s Got Talent, winning Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice, having my own prime time chat show, and even being publicly reviled for questioning their gun laws. And it makes no sense, if Britain doesn’t want to be a part of the EU, why should it support Team Europe? They’ve been Trump-ed by America. I’m shooting for the USA all the way. And, hey, if my old mentor Donald Trump gets into power, maybe I’ll be back-in their living rooms every night, too.”

Paddy Power say:

“If the annoying, over-the-top cries of ‘get in the hole’ from our friends across the pond wasn’t a good enough reason to support Europe, we thought exposing Morgan as Team USA’s biggest fan would be the perfect deterrent – and help drum up more support for Team Europe.”

Count Snowdon and the Bloodsuckers are NOT Libertarians

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Christopher “Silly Count” Snowdon writes for the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) which purports to be a libertarian think-tank. However, it usually “thinks” the same as the business sectors which fund it, as exposed by Dark Money and Snowdon has a particular penchant for the tobacco industry!

Count Snowdon wrote “The Crack Cocaine of Gambling?” in 2013 – an attempt to debunk the media tag line and defend the bookies’ FOBTs. He resurfaced from his septic “think-tank-coffin” and re-released the same silly drivel last week. However, he’s now gone even further, describing those whose lives have been blighted by FOBT addiction as “sad sacks”.

Could this be because FOBTs were the subject of Panorama this week, explaining how they are designed to be addictive by affecting the brain? The ABB – Association of British Bookmakers (Bloodsuckers?) were not willing to be interviewed by Panorama. But they had their usual irrelevant responses. But now the new Prime Minister, Theresa May is calling time on their FOBT shenanigans.

It is not “nanny-state” to require sensible enforcement by an empowered regulator of sensible gambling regulations. Gambling should never be regarded as a “free-market” issue.

It must always be remembered that FOBTs were introduced illegally by bookies before they were regulated and the status quo rewards the bookies’ illegal conduct.

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The “Crack Cocaine of Gambling” Myth

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Author Christopher Snowdon is at it again, firing back at “Britain’s nanny state” which wants to ruin our fun.

Today the Institute of Economic Affairs has published his new paper, Fixed-odds betting terminals: A briefing, which challenges the myth that gambling addiction is on the rise and that Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) – the so-called ‘crack cocaine of gambling’ – are to blame.

Read his report here

Government at legal risk because it did not take a proper look

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It all seems a long while ago now, but there used to be a Prime Minister called David Cameron. He thought he could get a good deal from the EU, sell it as a good deal to the public and easily win a Remain vote. He was blue-sky thinking with his head in the clouds.

If he had spent less time listening to Mr. Osborne, he might have had a chance to find out more about the issues concerning the wider public. Even just listening to local councils would have been a good start.

There is currently the best ever supported re-submission under the Sustainable Communities Act, by Newham Council, which is to reduce the maximum stake on FOBTs in betting shops from £100 to £2 per spin. Under the terms of the Act, government response is overdue.

Government has the power to reduce the stake without new primary legislation if there is evidence of FOBT harm. The evidence is now absolutely clear, but government has still not agreed.

In the event that government does not try to reach agreement, then there is the unprecedented option under the Act for legal action against the government by any interested party.

Mr. Cameron said in the House that he would take a proper look at FOBTs, but the blindfold provided by the bookies never came off. This is just one left-over issue that the new Prime Minister needs to urgently resolve.

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FOBT Crime, Lone Staffing, Mergers, Bonuses and the Ladbrokes CEO

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It’s has been a nerve wracking time at the Ladbrokes head office on Rayners Lane in Harrow recently.

With uncertainties around the multibillion-pound Gala Coral merger and tough negotiations on how many shops the combined group will have to grudgingly sell to their competitors, what better way to keep you going than a big fat share reward bonus.  That’s ¾ million shares for the CEO and over half a million between his trusty lieutenants.  

You can imagine the shock as the shares landed on CEO Jim Mullen’s desk accompanied by a copy of the Daily Mirror article declaring, Ladbrokes staff raped and killed as firm saves millions of pounds by forcing staff to work alone.

Former Ladbrokes head of health and safety, Bill Bennett, who the Mirror revealed has turned whistleblower following incidents of rape and murder, alleged: “Ladbrokes chose to prioritise profit over the health and safety of its employees.” After being rocked two years ago with claims by a former Security Manager that incidents of criminality and children gambling had been covered up and of money laundering investigations carried out by the Police and regulator, Mr Mullen must have felt he has earned his bonus reward. Then along comes another whistle blower with more revelations.

This latest iceberg to hit the Ladbrokes ship, which insiders tell us is just the tip, has forced the ex-News International Director to try and trash his former employee’s reputation saying that after 27 years’ service he was being dismissed owing to a lack of confidence in his ability to fulfill his role.

As this latest iceberg continues to shred Ladbrokes reputation, Mr Mullen and his colleagues will be holding on to those shares very tightly indeed while his future colleagues at Coral look on with trepidation.

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Not the First Time Whittingdale Has Enjoyed the “Perks of the Job” a Little Too Much!

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It has been revealed that John Whittingdale and Philip Davies did not declare a night out courtesy of the Lap Dancing Association before their select committee opposed a crackdown against the spread of lap dancing clubs.

Whilst other members of the committee saw little value in the visit, Whittingdale and Davies did not pass up the opportunity for a lads’ night out to the lap dancing club “For Your Eyes Only” before heading to another club for dinner.

It’s not the first time Whittingdale and Davies have risked the perks of the job clouding their judgement. In 2012, Whittingdale chaired a select committee inquiry into the 2005 Gambling Act. Both Whittingdale and Davies, who was also part of the committee, took advantage of trips to Macao and Australia to look at casinos, but only found time to visit one betting shop in Britain on a visit chaperoned by the bookmakers.

Before the inquiry began, Davies was taken to the races by Ladbrokes – but failed to declare this before quizzing the Ladbrokes CEO. During the course of the inquiry, the Gambling Commission failed to disclose independent research from Harvard University showing that Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) are the most addictive form of gambling.

This might explain why one of the committee’s key recommendations was to allow more than four FOBTs per betting shop – machines where it is possible to bet up to £100 every 20 seconds. The Coalition government rejected this recommendation, and Davies was forced to apologise for his misdemeanor.

Now Whittingdale is Culture Secretary and the triennial review of stakes and prizes is overdue, the question of what perks he is enjoying courtesy of the bookmakers will surely start to be asked…

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