April 17, 2006 in Politics

Britain’s £50bn a year addiction to gambling

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In some American neighborhoods, you are likely to find not only a church but a liquor store on almost every main corner. Well here in Britian, you are more likely to find a betting shop on every high street, sometimes two or three. The net result is that more and more people are gambling. In fact:

Britons gambled £50 billion last year – more than the state spent on defence and transport combined. That represents more than £800 for every man, woman and child and is a seven-fold increase on the total gambled in 2001.

Wow! I guess this is good for the economy, but I have my doubts about how positive this is for our society in general.


  1. April 22, 2006 at 2:54 am


    That’s already happened. British people on average drink more alcohol than another other country in Europe. This is boozer nation.

  2. April 21, 2006 at 5:46 am


    Damn, up 700%, looks like Blair is driving your economy right into the drink! 50 billion pounds, wow.

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