Thursday 19 January 2017

Paddy Power now 'bigger than Jesus'

Not only do we bring the world books and music and plays, we are bringing betting and booze, writes Declan Lynch

Published 06/09/2015 | 02:30

Illustration by Jim Cogan
Illustration by Jim Cogan

We may have to look at this again. We may have to start tweaking that old line about Paddy's contribution to the world being mainly in the areas of literature and music and theatre and all those fine things.

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Because with the recent merger of Paddy Power and Betfair, we are becoming a superpower of another kind, a global leader in the black arts of online gambling. And since Guinness and Jameson are still doing rather well in every part of the world in which people have money, we can see a different sort of pattern here.

By all means let us keep talking about all that the generic Paddy has done to elevate the human spirit with his books and his plays, but let us also stand in awe of what he is bringing to the party with his betting and his booze.

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