Moncao - 8:37 am on Jan 27, 2007 (gmt 0) [edited by: Moncao at 8:38 am (utc) on Jan. 27, 2007]
As someone opposed to online gambling, OK, gambling generally on moral grounds (one of the two affiliate industries I would never get into), I think the online casinos which have found safe haven in the UK are a social virus. Believing King Tony allows online gambling because he can not be seen to be tackling gambling while taking bids for super-casinos for London or wherever (needed for investment for "regeneration" to create jobs, in the short term) plus online casinos are a very useful source of overseas revenue during a very sticky patch makes me think anyone who bans online gambling has got it right for the sake of their people, not their selfish short term politics. I do not see why Holland's ban makes you level criticism against the EU though. The EU allows national laws; it is not a single super state like the USA (sorry, thank goodness). Also just because Holland bans online gambling I do not see this cause for criticism against their state lotto; that is a different "argument". Putting the whole thing together as case against the EU while not being uncommon with the anti-EU nationalists who think the 10% meat content of questionnable origin English sausages and ice cream with no dairy product whatsoever in it should not be renamed is simply desparation that feeds the only people to benefit from looser trade and monatory regulations (the people and corporations who get up to what they shouldn't and make money from foreign exchange), is hardly appropriate. Having witnessed bankrupt gamblers lose their families and even lives, I say preventing this happening in their living room rather than requiring them to go out for their dangerous fix is only a good thing.
[edited by: Moncao at 8:38 am (utc) on Jan. 27, 2007]