UK Labour party will put gambling CEO’s in the hot seat. The UK Labour Party has vowed to fight gambling with sharp weapons. Now, this is if the party makes a comeback and wins the next general election, of course. Things can go different ways in politics. And crowd-pleasing promises can turn into more realistic solutions. Yet, their latest proposals include some particularly severe restrictions.
To start with, a flat-out credit card ban is one of them. But other measures remind a mere PR exercise. As the promised, regular bashing of the gambling CEO speech serves as a perfect example. The politicians scare their voters with rising levels of gambling addicts. But are their numbers reported right? And more importantly, will their plans benefit anyone involved?
In fact, politicians from all sides always concurred with this. Fight gambling is an easy way to show voters they care and protect them. With that said, Tom Watson’s proposals came as no surprise to many. The Labour deputy leader addressed his voters last weekend where the party’s annual conference served as a Launchpad for the proposals.
Among others, Watson stated in Liverpool “problem gambling is a public health emergency”. But in contrary to his words, the latest Gambling Behaviour survey showed no increase in the related rates. His party also promotes the “whistle to whistle” ban on gambling ads during matches.
But where Watson sees “an explosion in gambling advertising,” reality is different again. A government-approved study found no link in the rise of adverts and problem gambling. Furthermore, Labour’s plans range from fairly realistic to outright drastic.
For some, imposing a 1% levy on operator’s revenues might sound fair. But a complete ban on gambling sponsorship would be a different story. In a reaction, Sky Bet CEO Richard Flint said he supported the concept of an industry levy. Still, he had to remind the critics of their right to advertise gambling. “It’s a key selling point of the licensing regime. The government adopted it just a couple of years ago,” he said.