Don’t push us towards the black market
I don’t know about you, but I worry about the impact of the new rules that the government is talking about for gambling.
I’ve said before that I think anti-gambling campaigners just assume everyone who gambles has a problem. They actually risk increasing that number, not decreasing it, if you end up pushing people towards the black market by blocking their routes to safe, regulated betting.
Think for a second about the people who play online games like bingo. Many are elderly and just playing for a bit of fun or a chance to socialise. Now think about how often you read about vulnerable people getting caught up in online scams. Those same people could be pushed into the hands of much less scrupulous gambling providers if the hoops they have to jump through just to have a bet become bigger and bigger.
It scares us to think about and we just ask the government to have another think and make sure they get the balance right.