Britain’s great and good are stepping up their war on gambling slot machines. Apparently these machines, into which people ply money in the hope of winning some back, are ‘sucking cash out of communities’. Lurking in the corner of pretty much every betting shop on every high street, these machines are symbols of ‘predatory capitalism’, we are told. Labour Party leader Ed Miliband says they are ‘dangerously addictive’. His MPs are using opposition day in the House of Commons tomorrow to force a vote on having a government clampdown on these wicked, pocket-emptying machines.
The war on slot machines: saving the poor from themselves
This new moral crusade echoes yesteryear’s paternalistic campaigns against working-class gambling.
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