Chancellor Philip Hammond could face questions over his moral integrity after he shelved a review of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) in bookmakers.
These are highly addictive, with players able to wager £100 every 20 seconds. The nice people at the Treasury like them, as does Mr Hammond, because the huge losses their victims suffer pour more than £400 million in tax on the bookmaker’s profits into the coffers.
Addiction charities want to reduce the amount that can be gambled every 20 seconds from £100 to £5 or less, to decrease the amount of human misery caused.
Meanwhile, and this is totally coincidental of course, it has been revealed that bookmakers are the largest donors of free gifts, meals and booze to MPs…