For all the trouble its latest proposals will cause for ordinary bettors and industries like the horse racing industry, they won’t even help the very people they purport to protect.
This world-leading, multi-billion pound industry yields hundreds of millions in tax revenue and supports tens of thousands of jobs.
The next operator must address falling receipts, an ageing player base, and reduced funds for good causes.
A unified wallet would cut red tape, prevent abuses, and provide a better insight into an individual’s circumstances.
Changes are necessary, but they need to be based on evidence and evidence alone.
A YouGov poll found that 51 per cent of voters do not believe that politicians should set limits on how much they can bet.
A review should strike the right balance between protecting the vulnerable and not spoiling the enjoyment of people who enjoy a bet perfectly safely.
The industry has implemented a number of measures to make these activities more secure.
It’s time for sensible, conservative action to protect the vulnerable – and allow the majority a safe flutter.
With more people at home and severely restricted, the pandemic has exacerbated regulatory concerns about betting and gaming.