Labour’s deputy leader Harriet Harman says betting shops are a blight on London’s high streets, but are they any less aesthetically pleasing than McDonald’s or Starbucks?
Probably not, but then a coffee has never cost me £50 in either of those place. At least for 50 quid in Starbucks, they throw in cinnamon twist.
A total of £9.5billion was spent on gambling in London in 2012, almost a quarter of the UK total, according to the Campaign for Fairer Gambling. There are 1,773 betting shops in London. Of that number, 86 per cent have locked toilets and 12 per cent have pens that work. That’s according to a survey of me.
A further four per cent have punters that work.
Story by Derek McGovern, in Daily Mirror published on 21/02/2013