Industry can do more to protect children
The country’s biggest betting firms have agreed to stop advertising during breaks in live sports events. With spiralling numbers of children developing a gambling problem, anything which reduces their exposure to these enticing commercials is welcome. But this doesn’t go nearly far enough. Indeed, there is every reason to suspect it is a cynical ploy designed to avert the closure of a glaring loophole which allows these adverts before the watershed.
And if the gambling giants were really taking their responsibilities seriously, they would stop bombarding children with social media propaganda and take their logos off Premier League football shirts.