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Old 10th December 2018
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Re: Mixed Messages

It is a mixed message indeed.

Gambling, like smoking and heavy drinking causes untold misery and must have an enormous social cost. But then government also makes a lot of money from all of these.

Likewise government imposes punitive taxes on cars and road fuel to 'encourage us to use public transport', yet the truth is that public finances would very quickly collapse without the taxes collected from road users.

It is a delicate balancing act for any government I guess but there are some industries (gambling and tobacco come to mind) that really wouldn't be missed by most of us, but for various reasons seem to be allowed to continue unabated.

Like big business it all seems to be about this quarter's bottom line whilst ignoring the bigger picture.
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