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Hattersley on gambling

by Richard on December 15, 2011
Supporters of the law which promoted the creation of mega-casinos — and the related decision to allow gambling adverts on television — will argue that, in a free society, men and women should be at liberty to spend their money as they choose. That’s true.
But that does not detract from the obvious truth [...]


Church response to gambling proposals

by Richard on January 26, 2009

From the Methodist Church
Methodist anger at Government’s ‘immoral’ gambling proposals
In a submission to the Department for Culture Media and Support (DCMS), the British Methodist Church has criticised the Government for ‘irresponsible’ and ‘potentially dangerous’ gambling legislation proposals.
The DCMS is accused of giving in to pressure from the gambling industry, concerned more with the profits of [...]


Gambling & The Methodist Church

by Richard on March 3, 2008

I’ve been meaning to write something about this for a while, so I was very pleased to read in Christianity Today that the Methodist Church has responded to the news that Bookmakers are to be allowed to open on Good Friday this year. (Apparently, the Daily Mail picked this up on Friday, but I don’t [...]


From The Methodist Church News Service
The Methodist Church welcomes today’s Government announcement that they will not grant a supercasino licence. Proposals for supercasinos, also known as regional casinos, have been strongly opposed by The Methodist Church.
Alison Jackson, Team Leader for Public Issues in the Methodist Church, said “we are delighted to hear that the Government [...]


Gambling in Wales

by Richard on January 17, 2008

Wales - World Nation reports on some prposed changes to Finnish law which would make life a bit harder for those who promote online gambling.
The gambling pastimes of Finnish online poker addicts may become seriously complicated if the authorities’ latest plans materialise. Helsingin Sanomat has received information, according to which the Ministry of Social Affairs [...]


Taking a Gamble at ‘In the Agora’

by Joel on March 27, 2006

It seems that my blogging friend Josh Claybourn and his associates at In the Agora (ITA) are partnering with an online overseas-based gaming operation (PartyPoker) owned by and largely funded by former billionaire online pornographers J. Russell DeLeon and his wife Ruth Parasol.
People can make their own individual judments as to whether they gamble. [...]


Final Update on the Gambling Act

by Richard on April 20, 2005

This just in from the Methodist Church:
“As you will know the Bill has now passed into law: it was one of the pieces of legislation which achieved all-party agreement and was raced through in the period before the General Election. We want to thank you for taking part in a campaign which had real [...]


Action on gambling

by Richard on March 3, 2005

From The Methodist Church of Great Britain
The Gambling Bill reaches its committee stage in the House of Lords on Thursday 10 March.
Much progress has been made on certain aspects of the Bill, including reducing the number of new casinos and limiting the use of credit. However no progress has been made on the [...]


Gambling is bad for your health

by Richard on November 6, 2004

Gambling is a health issue according to a report in the Guardian.
Although gambling is not traditionally considered a public health issue, just under 1% of the British population have a serious problem, and the rate may be twice that in adolescents who feed slot machines, says an article in the journal today. Those hooked can [...]


Gambling Watch Global

by Richard on August 30, 2004

Here’s a valuable new resource. A group-blog, bringing together experts from around the world, Gambling Watch Global will publish research on what, I think, is a much bigger social problem than is often thought. Formally launched only yesterday, this is a site well worth keeping an eye on.