Right now everyone in Government is focussed on the two big issues of the day, either Coronapop or Brexit. Well almost everyone.
The Rt Hon Oliver Dowden, the Minister for Digital,Culture, Media And Sport is looking into betting. He is considering banning betting companies from sponsoring sports clubs. He has clearly lost lots of sleep over this. No matter that sports clubs are strapped for cash right now. Dowden is pressing ahead.
The key question is where do you stop with banning betting ?
- Should we ban Christmas raffles ?
- A £5 bet on the Grand National ?
- A £10 bet on the Grand National ?
- What about bingo ?
- Or if your posh enough and have dosh enough you could try your luck on the roulette wheel ?
- Premium Bonds ?
- The national Lottery ?
- Stocks and shares ?
It is all a form of betting. Where do you stop ? Do you gamble responsibly ? What on earth does that mean ?
No doubt sports Minister, Nigel Huddleston, will tell us what we can do, when he has concluded his investigation. Because of all the lost tax revenues if betting were banned I don’t expect anything much to change.
But I wouldn’t bet your shirt on it !