YP Letters: A gamble too far on betting machines

From: DS Boyes, Upper Rodley Lane, Leeds.

The PROPOSED reduction of stakes for fixed odds betting terminals in licensed betting shops to just £2 is a step in the right direction against the serious evil that gambling in every form represents.

Older people will remember in Leeds pre-1960 there were no betting shops, casinos or amusement arcades, situs judi bola as gambling was not only frowned on then, but illegal. Although many placed bets on horse racing via furtive individuals known as ‘runners’. most pubs displayed a sign in the tap room, “writing or passing of betting slips prohibited”.

Even in the late 1940s, I believe some slot machines were seized by Leeds City Police and smashed up with sledgehammers outside Leeds Town Hall. Although no-one wants to go back to that situation, thanks to New Labour things went too far the other way.

Gambling operators, as usual, situs judi bola are lobbying the government with claims of lost tax revenues and jobs, bleating on about the offshore rivals who pay virtually no tax in the UK – a problem easily solved by any Chancellor if only the political will was there.

The supreme irony to me is that National Lottery tickets can only be purchased with cash, something which ought to be extended to every form of gambling!

Community is empty word

From: Philip Crowther, Bingley.

COMMUNITY is a word that has seeped into our lives in recent times, probably more so since David Cameron came up with the Big Society – code for ‘let’s see if they fall for providing public services on the cheap’.

In my view the ‘community’ tag is a sticking plaster term used by the Government to avoid having to address the true problems our country has.

I believe genuine ‘community’ ceased in the 1960s with the onset of mass TV ownership, as well as car ownership.

Community is now often cited by the media but where are the examples, situs judi bola other than very small hubs of people in hamlets or villages?

If you walk down any high street today, you are lucky not to be bowled over by people scurrying with a coffee in one hand, head down staring at their phone. ‘Please’’, ‘thank you’ and ‘excuse me’ are now terms that pass many people’s lips less and less.

What is community-spirited about many people being fearful of walking our streets?

This sticking-plaster term will not solve our problems of insufficient police to maintain law and order, situs judi bola health care and public service funds.

It may work during jingoistic events such as Royal weddings, but this is where it ends.

However, if we are brainwashed often enough to believe we have ‘community’, maybe all our problems will be solved.

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