Fuck this. I don't need the state to control my habits as I have the intelligence to manage my actions - and more importantly - have the balls to accept it's my fault when things go awry. When I used to go horse racing I had a set amount for bets in one pocket and kept my winnings, if any, in another pocket. simple.
Nowadays, aside from the premium bonds, where I have £50k worth languishing I only 'gamble' on the Irish Lottery - mainly because I hate those Camelot cunts and anything to do with the National Lottery and the associated spin-offs to extract money out of peoples pockets. Admittedly there are some feckless wankers who require this level of control over their own money as they will either gamble the lot away or spend it frivolously on some pathetic hobby like model helicopters while there family have to make do with Value beans on toast, I imagine.
As if undebated lockdown isn't good enough in terms of State over-reach, the cunts at the Gambling Commission are discussing the possibility of introducing checks to counter what they see as problem gambling.
This could mean a monthly net loss of as little as £100 might prompt an intervention, meaning a customer having to prove they could afford to lose more before being able to place another bet.
Like Brexit again, pandering to a minority - this time the .5% of punters who have a gambling problem - by punishing the 99.5% who don't.
......and if this doesn't affect you, I bet (ha-ha) they'll be coming after anyone who goes to the boozer a bit too often for the State's liking next.