Racing has much to look forward to in 2014, with prize money widely expected to set a record, though whether that will be enough to satisfy the more pig-headed members of the Racehorse Owners’ Association remains to be seen.
But there is always room for improvement and, since this is the right time to express one’s hopes for the year ahead, here is an earnest wish for 2014. Please could this be the year when the British Horseracing Authority comes to its senses and aligns itself with the right side of the debate over casino machines in betting shops?
The machines which the big chains insist on calling Fixed Odds Betting Terminals – though FOBTs have nothing at all to do with traditional betting – have been a recurring theme in this column for several years. The last Labour government took the idiotic and calamitous decision to allow roulette and other fixed-margin casino games into what had previously been “betting” shops back in 2005, and the poisonous consequences have been spreading through the system since.
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