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This and that

In a faintly pointless move, high street bookmakers will be allowed to open 12 hours a day all year round. Fine by me, although there is not a lot to gamble on mid evening on the average Wednesday in February, unless the nation's punters are going to develop a huge interest in American nags and overseas football.

What is rather more notable is the way the Mail on Sunday is reporting this tale: 'Fury as Labour allows betting shops to open 12 hours a day'. Fury? Well, no signs of of the provisional wing of the Methodists announcing a campaign of letter bombs, rioting Calvinists etc. The rentaquoted are someone from the Salvation Army and someone from a charity called Gamcare, and it is with the latter that it gets interesting. Here's the soundbite for the Mail: "Betting shops are one of the prime instances of problem gambling. Local authorities must protect their population". Compare this with one of their 'mission statements' (gag..): "GamCare takes a non-judgemental approach on gambling. We do not wish to restrict the choices or opportunities for anyone to operate or engage in gambling opportunities that are available legally and operated responsibly". Someone has not been paying attention, or else it can be assumed that this charity is in the grip of joyless puritans.

David Cameron and his encounters with the weed. I don't care, and don't suppose anyone else does either, bar the 'liberal' left at the BBC and elsewhere, who will happily throw any 'liberal' principles to the wind if there is the scope for 'damaging' the Conservatives. Plus it allows them to use that four letter word beginning with E and ending with N over and over again....

Elsewhere, the Sydney Morning Herald notes accusations the Ralph Fiennes joined the mile high club with a Qantas air hostess last month, but despite said hostess giving a statement to News International, the tale does not appear to feature in the News of the World, or in the Antipodes, the Australian. Most curious. If Australian wits are to be believed, Qantas is an acronym for 'Queers and nancies together as stewards'.

Oh, and Hain has atempted to apply the defibrillators to his pitch for the Labour deputy leadership by appealing to brain dead class warriors kicked off a 'debate' on City bonuses, so I would point him here and here for rebuttals.
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Blogger james higham said... 10:28 am

...The rentaquoted are someone from the Salvation Army and someone from a charity called Gamcare...

Got it in one - rent-a-quote.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 10:29 am

I thought it was quite a good neologism..  

Blogger CityUnslicker said... 11:15 am

agreed - they are a necessary for any aspiring Phil Space.

C could develop his own rentaquote database for his blog...  

Anonymous Justin said... 12:13 pm

Totally agree about the 'liberals' at the BBC - typical Lib Dem behaviour!!!  

Anonymous verity said... 2:10 pm

Fiennes must think he is pretty much irresistible. A flight attendant, who spent 14 years as a police officer and hostage negotiator is going to wreck her second career for a chance to have a meaningless quickie with some self-regarding film star on a plane full of passengers? It was he who followed her to the loo and he who forced his way in.

Why do I think the man is an idiot fantasist?  

Anonymous verity said... 3:52 pm

BTW,I won't hear a word against Qantas, which I cannot recommend too highly. It is also the safest airline in the skies.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 10:14 pm

Stands, or rather stood for, Queensland And Northern Territories Air Service, apparently.  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 7:14 am

joyless puritans

An excellent word that deserves to be more widely known and used in such cases: wowsers.  

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