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Gambling is probably the toughest addiction of them all - and yet it remains virtually unregulated

Declan Lynch


 

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Cartoon by Jim Cogan

Cartoon by Jim Cogan

Cartoon by Jim Cogan

Whenever they start talking about the 'housing issue', I start thinking about the 'gambling issue'.

Housing is difficult, with many vested interests and conflicting opinions to negotiate before you start shelling out the money in vast quantities.

There is even an ideological problem, whereby governments in this country (and most other countries) are pathologically opposed to doing anything that they believe can be done more efficiently by our old friends, the "private sector".