For the sake of fans and players, clubs should spurn the gambling giants
Two behavioural curiosities, seemingly irreconcilable with our claims to be a sophisticated and progressive society stand above all others in modern Britain.
I suspect if you’d asked a group of enlightened Victorians what aspects of life in the UK would be least likely to survive 150 years hence, zoos would be near the top of their list. They’d have been contemptuous of any suggestion that, as science continued to reveal the wonders of the world to us and to unlock its secrets, we would still be handing over money to gawp at the misery of animals captured for their indolent pleasure. Nor can I imagine that governments then would have participated in the practice by which multibillion-pound gambling corporations are encouraged to prey on vulnerable people.