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'The squalid raffle' to spread its wings?

The European Commission has decided to give our neighbours on the other side of the Irish Sea a hard time as its nationals are banned from "tak[ing] part in lotteries run in other countries. The Commission disputes the classification of UK premium bonds as a lottery".

I think that Harold's term is the more amusing, but I also offer up the less well known description of them by the then Archbishop of Canterbury, "a cold, solitary, mechanical, uncompanionable, inhuman activity".

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