U.K Criticise the U.S

Britain’s culture secretary, Tessa Jowell, has condemned the U.S stance on online gambling, comparing it to the failed alcohol ban of the Prohibition as she prepares to hoist an international summit on Internet gambling this week.

Jowell cautioned that the U.S ban on online gambling would only serve to produce unregulated offshore sites which would be the “modern equivalent of speakeasies”, illegal bars that opened up in the U.S when alcohol was banned.

U.S officials have decided not to participate in tomorrow’s gambling summit in London, where the subject of regulating the industry will be discussed. However, the new U.S law is likely to be main focus of the summit, with Jowell stating that regulation would have worked better than prohibition and that “America should have learnt the lessons of Prohibition”.

Jowell went onto defend the position of the U.K on online gambling, where new British gambling laws dictate that online operators have a ‘social responsibility’ duty written into the licenses and are policed by the independent Gambling Commission watchdog.

Broadly speaking we have three choices: you can prohibit, like the U.S., do nothing or regulate, like we have," Jowell said. "I firmly believe we have chosen the path that will do the most to protect children and vulnerable people and keep out crime."

Editor, Jackpot.co.uk - 2006-10-30 10:46:45

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