Opinion – Britain’s hidden epidemic of gambling addiction has been left unattended for too long – Op Ed – Tom Watson and Jon Ashworth – Huffington Post – John Gelmini

Lotto 5-4-3-2-1 logo in use from 2008 onwards

Lotto 5-4-3-2-1 logo in use from 2008 onwards (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr Alf is right but the Government is more interested in taking money from the stupid than it is in meeting the strategic challenge of gambling.

The National Lottery is a case in point, whereby the UK lottery is the only one on the planet where the odds can be scaled back after the event and where Professor Thorpe a mathematician was instrumental in helping Camelot PLC structure the Lottery marketing plan to take into account that people born at certain times would not choose numbers based on the letters of their first name thus ensuring smaller overall payouts from the Lottery and more money for the Government.

Monies from the “Good Causes” fund of the National Lottery and doubled ticket prices are plundered for use in the NHS and with bigger jackpots odds have been slashed making Lottery profits even bigger along with Treasury take.

The philosophy extends to fixed odds betting terminals in bookmakers shops which are a licence to fleece the unwary and the gambling addicted.

Slot machines in pubs with flashing lights and sounds are also encouraged along with gambling apps heavily advertised on ITV which allow the poorest to imagine that they are in Las Vegas instead of their squalid council flat.

In short gambling is viewed not as a social evil but as a source of voluntary taxation.

John Gelmini

Opinion – How Millennials today compare with their grandparents 50 years ago – Pew Research

This is an excellent piece of research by Pew. However, I would like to make a few observations. The quality of education has changed from millenials‘ grandparents’ day. I would argue that the quality of a bachelor degree has been diluted over the years. Sadly, a bachelor degree is worth more from an elitist ivy league school than a state college. Also consider standards of basic numeracy and English? Can today’s millennial graduates spell without the aid of a spell-check? In fifty years, there has been enormous improvement in education but in the developed world large quality challenges have become pervasive. Quality standards vary enormously – consider France or the UK, not just the US? There’s also the education establishment with their bureaucracy  and unions, who are often putting their own interests before their students – their customers/clients in the wider world. No, it’s time for service quality standards to reach education. Thoughts?