Are There Any Psycho Execs in Bookies?

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Theresa May announces crack down on Executive Pay” read the headlines this week, just as disgraced former HBOS executive, Andy Hornby, pocketed a whopping £7.8 million from the newly merged Ladbroke Coral group.

That’s right, the man who knowingly mis-sold PPI to unsuspecting UK consumers for years and made millions from it, moved on to pillage and rape yet another company – and got away with it again!

But, Hornby’s multi million windfall pales into insignificance compared to that of his boss, Jim Mullen – the CEO of the new gambling conglomerate. Rumour has it that after an extensive career at Ladbrokes spanning a whole 2 years, he is set to get over £20 million despite question marks over his handling of issues concerning the rape and murder of his staff by FOBT users.

Then you’ve got the “Arthur Daley” of the bookmaking world, Fred Done – the man who linked his workers BASIC wages to his “crack cocaine machines”, then offered them pay day loans at 39.9% APR. Walk into any Betfred shop and ask punters and staff what they think of the “Bonus King” – if you are offended by expletives, cover your ears.

In September 2016, an Australian study found that about one in five corporate executives are psychopaths – roughly the same rate as among the prison population. One wonders whether the bookmaking sector needs to recruit more psychiatrists!

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BBC and Russell Howard are right about Philip Davies MP

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Tory MP for Shipley, Philip Davies or “toad faced hypocrite” as he is more commonly known, has been busy defending the “freedom” of people to be allowed to work for nothing!

He “Philip Blustered” along with David “All Nuts” Nuttall MP just droning on and on and on in order to block one of their fellow Tory MP’s Private Members Bill. All Alec Shelbrooke was proposing was that minimum wage levels should be applied to interns. We think poor Phil may be confused of the definitions of an “intern”. For the record Phil, they are not people who have been confined to prison for political or military reasons!

But, the bookmakers’ cheerleader has form on this and he gives comedians like Russell Howard the opportunity to brand him an “arsehole, a wanker and a bullshitter” on prime TV. More embarrassingly for Davies, when he penned a complaint, he was told to get lost by the BBC.

Filibustering Phil once said in a radio interview “personally I’ve got no particular objection to people having their free speech however objectionable it may be”. He was talking about the right to express homophobic and racist comments. But when it came to Russell Howard’s expression of opinion on him, he certainly took objection.

The bookmakers have been rolling old Phil out at every opportunity over the last few years to help them defend their indefensible FOBTs, because that’s what Phil does. He takes their freebies to the race courses and fails to declare it when questioning his CEO bookmaking friends; enjoys preferential treatment on his betting accounts and has to apologise over his non declarations. Maybe the BBC and Russell Howard are right about this MP.

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Nanny and Baby in Unusual Relationship

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Wanda Goldwag is the CEO of the Senet Group, funded by the bookies and acting as their advertising and responsible gambling standards watchdog. A recent complaint to the ASA about a Senet “responsible” ad succeeded and Nanny Goldwag was guilty of breaching the standards she was hired to uphold!

Malcolm George is the CEO of the Association of British Babies (ABB) representing the bookmakers. He spoke at an Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) co-sponsored event at Tory Conference and was heard crying that the Panorama program on FOBTs had victimized him! This event was covered in the last issue of Private Eye as FOBT ODDITIES on page 12.

At another recent event, a debate on “Does Britain have a Gambling Problem?”, Baby George was assisted yet again by the IEA with Mark Littlewood touting his usual virus of “freedom of the individual” to be screwed by corporations.

Baby George was hired by the ABB for his Labour contacts when they thought that Labour would win in 2015. Michael Dugher MP, for a while shadow Labour DCMS with gambling responsibility, had previously worked in the private sector for Baby George.

Baby George has been spotted in Westminster with his pants on fire. Did Nanny Goldwag offer a nice big wet Senet nappy as a “political firebreak”?

Now that the DCMS is holding a “Call for evidence review into gaming machines and social responsibility measures” will Nanny and Baby both be wetting themselves? Will the evidence show that the Senet Group is a sham and that Baby is controlling Nanny?

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IEA LAUNCHES £50,000 PRIZE

The Institute of Economic Affairs has just launched the Richard Koch Breakthrough Prize.

First prize of £50,000 will be awarded to the best and most innovative entry outlining a ‘Free-Market Breakthrough’ policy to tackle poverty in the UK.

There will be runner up prizes of £7,500 each, and a student prize of £2,500. Judging panel includes former Liberal Democrat MP Jeremy Browne (chair) and the Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith.

The deadline for entries is Monday, 9 January 2017.

To learn more about the Richard Koch Breakthrough Prize and the entry requirements, click here – and watch the video below!

Paddy Power Paying Out On Hillary Win

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This gutsy call sees one of Europe’s largest betting companies put their neck on the line for over $1,000,000. Prior to paying out, the former First Lady’s odds fell to a low 2/11 (84.6 per cent chance of winning) and over the past week Paddy Power have seen a flood of money on Clinton.

Guido’s Paddy Power bookie says:

‘Trump gave it a hell of a shot going from a rank outsider to the Republican candidate but the recent flood of revelations have halted his momentum and his chances now look as patchy as his tan. Recent betting trends have shown one way traffic for Hillary and punters seemed to have called it 100 per cent correct. Despite Trump’s Make America Great Again message appealing to many disillusioned voters, it looks as though America are going to put a woman in the White House.

Should Trump upset the odds and win it will trigger the biggest political payout in bookmaking history and leave Paddy Power with some very expensive egg on its face. They are still taking other US election bets

Check the small print on the bet terms here.

2,000 business owners ask the Chancellor to scrap Osborne’s soft drinks tax

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Pressure is mounting on Hammond to ditch his predecessor Osborne’s nannying soft drinks tax. Over 2,000 newsagents, publicans and other small business owners today wrote demanding he scrap the tax.

The letters were delivered to The Treasury by the Face the Facts: Can the Tax coalition, which represents thousands of businesses from across the UK who oppose the tax.

Research from The National Federation of Retail Newsagents (NFRN) predicts the soft drinks tax will cost newsagents thousands of pounds a year in lost revenue.

In addition, independent researchers at Oxford Economics have warned the tax will cost the UK economy £132 million and will put over 4,000 jobs at risk.

This warning comes on the back of growing disquiet from Tory backbenchers, members and the wider business community that the new May government is doubling down on Osborne’s interventionist tendencies.

If Hammond really wants to create an economy that works for everyone it may be worth him listening to the people actually creating and doing the work in the economy…

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Return of the Blair? You must be Jokering!

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Blair justified the 2005 Gambling Act with his comment “You can gamble your mortgage away on putting money on a horse or, you know, take a bet on the election”. No mortgages lost on Tony’s multimillion pound high streets though!

Go to Swindon and poker is played illegally in pubs at stakes in excess of those permitted under the Act and that’s because the corporations were not interested in operating poker clubs in 2005. They were too busy lobbying for remote gambling, FOBTs and super casinos.

Pub poker players report high levels of addictive behaviour with cash-loss factors being peer pressure (the winners don’t want the losers to quit), and of course an element of cheating.

Blairs’ Act criminalised the most sociable form of gambling, resulting in weaker players getting screwed in Swindon and every other community that it is not allowed a casino with Poker on offer.

Blair thought gambling was just another financial service, so all remote sites would locate in London and import revenue whilst exporting gambling addiction.

But remote gambling anarchists wanted the lowest regulation and tax so went to offshore banana republics. Many have since joined the monkeys in Gibraltar, from where they are using the EU courts to try to avoid paying UK gambling tax related to losses from UK gamblers.     

Tessa Jowell dressed in a croupier outfit smiling behind a Gala Casino roulette wheel said “There is nothing wrong with a harmless flutter”. Just out of camera shot was Labour donor and then Gala Coral CEO, Neil Goulden, who has been the betting sector’s biggest lobbyist. And let’s not forget former Gala Coral lobbyist at the time of the Act, Phil Wilson MP – the man who replaced Blair in Sedgefield. Tony coming back – is he serious?

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Osborne’s Soft Drinks Tax Should Fizzle Out?

George Osborne may have left 1 Horse Guards Road for the glamourous US speech circuit and an odd guest appearance on the Today Programme, but his poor policies seem to keep popping up. Readers of this blog may well remember the infamous pasty tax which caused quite a stir among Osborne and his cronies who were forced to U-turn and spend the following months pecking on pasties.

Not satisfied with one misguided food tax, Osborne took a swipe at the soft drinks industry by introducing a sugar tax in the last budget. Unfortunately for him it appears he didn’t seem to get his numbers right. A recent report has shown that the tax will only lead to a cut of five calories per person per day – the same amount as a bite of apple. Not quite the amount required to address Britain’s looming obesity crisis.

With the same report also showing that there will be over 4,000 job losses across the UK, one has to wonder why this ineffective and harmful tax has not already been scrapped. When will the Treasury accept the tax won’t work?

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What is a FOBT?

That was the question raised last week in comments relating to our latest Guido post – “Count Snowdon and the bloodsuckers are not libertarians”.

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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.[…] Read the rest

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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![…] Read the rest

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Philip Davies MP – Bookies Leading Tool in Parliament Needs Suspending

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Tory MP Philip Davies was the clear leader of a group of MPs exposed in a recent Private Eye article, for accepting freebie hospitality trips from the bookies. Caroline Nokes, another Tory MP and John Mann, Jim Dowd, Justin Madders and Toby Perkins from the Labour Party all accepted around £500/600 in freebies from the lobbying bookies, but Davies beat them all with £3,000 of freebies.[…] Read the rest

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Betting shop violence and crime – Will the Prime Minister take action?

There’s always someone kicking off” was a newspaper headline this week, but unusually the article wasn’t about the political turmoil. It was a former shop worker referring to his spell of working in betting shops during which time he saw chairs being thrown, machines being smashed and customers biting each other’s ears off.[…] Read the rest

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Retiring Gambling Commission Chair Failings Exposed

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Britain’s betting shops are now the “most violent in the world” was the Daily Mirror headline last week, following the start of a Parliamentary inquiry into “crack cocaine” gambling machines.

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