Tuesday 20 March 2018

Bankers aren't the masters of the dark trade

The average banker is a despised figure but his betting brethren are seen as jolly geezers, writes Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

WHEN a bookie dreams, he dreams of many things, such as a largely unregulated online system which is open all hours to every mug on the planet ... a world in which every new development in culture and technology tends to increase the supply of said mugs, minute by minute... a society which never sees the downside of massive money-making activities until it is far too late, which regards all of this as little more than family entertainment ...

And then the bookie wakes up, and he realises that his dreams have all come true. That he is operating in a world in which all these things actually exist, in which everything is aligned in his favour, apparently for eternity.

Yet he dreams of more, always more. And in his most perfect dream, he sees one type of person in particular – that would be the Premier League footballer.

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