Wednesday, January 26, 2005

UK: The nannyfication of the Britain continues full steam ahead.

"Labour wants to reduce the size of Teddy bears given as prizes in seaside arcades to discourage children from a lifetime of gambling. The Tories have condemned the move as the nanny state gone mad and say cuddly toys do not turn children into gambling addicts. Under the same Gambling Bill, which will pave the way for eight Las Vegas-style super casinos with machines offering unlimited money prizes for adults, ministers want to introduce tougher regulations on the humble seaside arcade machines. "
"A spokesman for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport said: "The Government believes that children should be able to play these machines but the stakes, and prizes, should discourage them playing them too much." The move has prompted protests from the arcade industry and MPs. "For a very small amount of money, the machines give a great deal of pleasure to people hoping for a Teddy bear," said John Gummer, the Tory MP and former Cabinet Minister"

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