Gambling

In praise of fixed-odds betting terminals

17 May 2018 12:48

Racing is an expensive sport to stage. Courses and grandstands have to be maintained, health and safety regulations have to…

The snobs won against the FOBTs

17 May 2018 12:46

It’s good to see that for all their bickering over Brexit and war of words over austerity, the Tories and…

How can racing balance its funding structure with the issue of problem gambling?

5 March 2018 17:14

This is an extract from Robin Oakley’s racing column in this week’s Spectator. You can tell by the tone of…

Is luck-based investing a fool’s gamble? Spectator Money investigates

20 April 2017 11:50

I used to like aphorisms. Maybe a little too much. In the good old days, I sought them out on…

Gambling is risky but it shouldn’t be a con

8 November 2016 11:48

It’s always puzzled me why there’s still such a taboo around gambling in the UK. If you count people who…

If I were prime minister, by Ian Fleming

14 May 2015 19:35

This article was first published in The Spectator on 9 October, 1959. I am a totally non-political animal. I prefer the…

Labour’s sports betting levy will hit poor punters

24 July 2014 12:43

Harriet Harman has set the hare running this morning by proposing a levy on sports betting. The shadow sports minister…

Cheltenham Gold Cup predictions: Peter Oborne, Robin Oakley, and more

14 March 2014 12:00

The jewel in the crown of the Cheltenham Festival – the Gold Cup – starts this afternoon at 3.20. And,…

The so-called “crack cocaine of gambling” is a myth. Trust Ed Miliband to believe in it.

20 December 2013 16:51

The puritan, as devotees of Baltimore’s finest know, is greatly exercised by the fear that someone, somewhere, might be enjoying…

Cricket’s the loser

12 February 2013 19:11

Cricket glorifies some cheats. W.G. Grace often batted on after being clean bowled; such was the public demand to watch…

Prohibition Doesn’t Work: Cricket & Gambling Edition

29 August 2010 15:20

The News of the World’s revelations about connivance between cricketers and bookmakers is dismaying; the story can’t alas, be considered…

The Lessons of Madoff

16 December 2008 16:10

Actually, as Megan explains, the lesson of Bernie Madoff’s scam is that there really aren’t any lessons that can be…

Hold the Front Page: Morals Uncorrupted by Sensible, Liberal Policy

2 October 2007 2:43

Credit where credit’s due, Labour’s attitude towards gambling has been vastly more sensible than one had any right to expect.…