A Lotto sense in scratchin’ a liv­ing

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IT’S been re­ported that sales of Lotto tick­ets and scratch­cards have soared by 20 per cent as des­per­ate Bri­tons at­tempt to win their way out of the eco­nomic mire.

My first thought was that the Lot­tery’s un­of­fi­cial nick­name, “A Tax on the Stupid”, never seemed more ap­pro­pri­ate.

Then I thought again. Are these des­per­ate peo­ple (most of whom seem to be in front of me in the queue at the newsagent’s) so wide of the mark?

They present a sorry sight; slack-jawed and greedy-eyed as they waste their mea­gre money on huge strips of scratch­cards, hop­ing against all the odds for a big win.


But I’ve been watch­ing the var­i­ous BBC doc­u­men­taries about tax and pub­lic spend­ing re­cently.

And it seems that throw­ing pre­cious money down the toi­let in the vain an­tic­i­pa­tion that “some­thing will turn up” has been of­fi­cial govern­ment pol­icy since at least 1945.

The greasy-haired shrew in front of me at Tesco the other day fill­ing her purse with scratch­cards may have looked like ath­lete’s foot on the sole of hu­man­ity.

But she had as much idea about eco­nomic pol­icy as the Oxbridgee­d­u­cated man­darins at HM Trea­sury.

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