Did George Brown and the Labour Government unleash the present gambling explosion in Britain.

Seems sorted so far.
Is the Brown referred to one James Gordon Brown, former PM?
I think it was a good thing that the “super-casino” thing was binned under his administration.
One can look at illegal drugs and alcohol as scourges of our times but some of the worst (and by worst I mean corrosive to family and friends) come from gambling and prescribed medication. Mrs R through the charity she works with was amazed at the drug abuse was via ‘normal’ medication.
And this is from someone who is an ultra-liberal in most of my worldview.
 
Seems sorted so far.
Is the Brown referred to one James Gordon Brown, former PM?
I think it was a good thing that the “super-casino” thing was binned under his administration.
One can look at illegal drugs and alcohol as scourges of our times but some of the worst (and by worst I mean corrosive to family and friends) come from gambling and prescribed medication. Mrs R through the charity she works with was amazed at the drug abuse was via ‘normal’ medication.
And this is from someone who is an ultra-liberal in most of my worldview.
Many years ago I had a programmer working for me who had previously run a bookies.

His view was that ALL forms of gambling should be banned (apart from "pure luck" punts like the Pools - no Lottery then)

I said I thought that was a bit drastic and not very liberal and would just go underground (as it was).

His response was that if I had seen the damage gambling can do I would agree with him.

Channel hopping on late night TV is like being carried off to a strange science fiction world which is totally based on interactive gambling. It must be hugely profitable because that bird who set up one of the first online betting companies earns about £650milion p.a.

When I was about 16 we had a thing for betting on the horses. My father said to me "son, you never see a poor bookmaker". Not gambled since.
 
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My attitude to gambling is that if a bookie is profitable long term (which it is by definition, if it has existed for some time), then to gamble there long term is a guarantee of losing money.
 
Bookies are a constant source of grief from a policing POV. Unhappy punters smashing up the place when they realise how much poo they’re in having burned through their wages/dole, dealers operating out of them, robbers robbing them and idiotic staff stealing from them. Not to mention the mentally ill who seem to flock to them as well. Would happily have them all shut down.
On the other hand I made just over a grand and a half buying cheap William Hill stock during the Corona crash so can’t moan too much.
 
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