George Osborne on trade mission with tycoon who makes machines labeled ‘crack cocaine of gambling’

Posted on January 13, 2014 by admin
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George Osborne took the boss of the world’s biggest maker of casino machines on a trade mission to China.

The Chancellor invited Luke Alvarez along even though anti-betting ­campaigners have branded his products the “crack cocaine of gambling”.

Mr Alvarez was one of 20 delegates from British tech companies who joined Mr Osborne on the flagship trip.

But furious critics said his presence made a mockery of the Government’s pledge to tackle what David Cameron only last week acknowledged was the “problem” of the Fixed Odds Betting Terminals found in bookies’ shops across Britain.

Matt Zarb-Cousin of the Campaign for Fairer Gambling said: “Mr Cameron might say he’s concerned about FOBTs but he appears to care more about the profits of the firm that makes them.

Read the full article in The Mirror online.