And before I begin let me make it quite clear to all you 'Yankee-doodles' that the correct spelling f0r 'dilemna' is with an 'mn' not a double 'mm'! This is in accordance with the English wot is spoke and writ by Her Maj and up with which you must put - or end up in the Tower!
This morning, HMG, in all its wisdom, has decided to limit the stakes available on the gambling slot-machines which fill every high street book-maker's premises to £2 per bet. At the moment, so I believe, the limit is £100 but on those machines you can bet that amount a dozen times a minute! And, 'as any fule do no', you never, ever beat the bookies! Obviously, for those with limited thinking ability, ie, most of the population, the temptation offered by these get-rich-quick machines is enormous and I suppose there are many tales of total disaster for those trapped into this addiction. Like you, I guess, I know personally of one man who became hooked on gambling and it was a disaster for him and his family.
But, even so, I ask myself what business is it of HMG to interfere in a perfectly legal transaction? After all, they set up the National Lottery from which they cream off 14% so they can hardly take the moral high ground when it comes to the rights and wrongs of gambling. On the other hand, as any bookie, publican or 'Madame' will tell you, there is always and forever an endless queue of dimwits who will pay fortunes, even if they can't afford it, in order to satisfy their urges. The moral question is, should they be stopped?