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Ads for online and traditional gambling will hit the UK's airwaves from September, the government has confirmed. But don't worry, the betting industry will be forbidden from producing ads thatl make betting seem glamorous, or exploit the vulnerable. Restrictions on ads by gambling outfits – whether online or on the high street …

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The restrictions make the harm obvious

The government has obviously gone to great lengths to devise a list of restrictions and caveats to be applied to gambling advertising. Does this not point firmly to the fact that gambling is very often harmful and therefore should not be advertised?

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Freedom

This is a small victory for free speech and free enterprise. All restriction on advertising are, at heart, a breach of civil liberties. Parents should be responsible enough to teach their children not to believe or buy into any advert they see and strong enough not to buy everything their kids ask for while adults should be free to make their own choices. The nanny state is the first step on a dangerous, authoritarian path.

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