‘Gam­bling should never be glo­ri­fied’

Leek Post & Times - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

IN THE De­cem­ber 19 is­sue, Mo Chaudry de­fends the Coates fam­ily against those crit­i­cis­ing it be­cause its gam­bling firm has been mak­ing phe­nom­e­nal sums of money.

He por­trays bet365 as ben­e­fit­ing the na­tion in gen­eral and Stafford­shire in par­tic­u­lar.

Its 4,000 em­ploy­ees and gen­er­ous do­na­tions to char­i­ties are men­tioned.

Its wealth ‘cas­cades through the com­mu­nity.’

Let us con­sider this more closely. Where is this money com­ing from? Who is fill­ing this horn of plenty? The pun­ters.

The ben­e­fit to the com­mu­nity is dwarfed by the sums put in by the cred­u­lous and op­ti­mistic.

The ex­penses of the in­dus­try-fat salaries, glitzy build­ings and largescale ad­ver­tis­ing must be heavy. Gam­bling is es­sen­tially a par­a­sit­i­cal in­dus­try and those in­volved in it are do­ing non-jobs.

Many pun­ters can­not af­ford to gam­ble and a good few end up in debt. A look at any pa­per shows this can lead to crime.

Peo­ple cling to fan­tasies that their luck will turn and they will win for­tunes. They would do bet­ter to adapt to the real world.

We might have to tol­er­ate gam­bling but we should not glo­rify it.

Mar­garet Brown Name and ad­dress sup­plied

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