Thursday, October 29, 2009
Now Children, Have We All Placed Our Bets?
There is something seriously wrong with this country. If the nightly news programs are anything to go by. Aside from stories of approving more 5am drinking venues, bashings, rapes, stuffing murdered grandmothers in a barrel, for a bit of light entertainment we turn to horse racing. Under the sporting banner we see a former jockey visit a regional school to tell them all about the Melbourne Cup. Come on kids, let's have a punt? Empty out your piggy bank and take it to the tote? We see the local school children complete with white cotton glove fondling the shiny cup as if it were something they should aspire to. It's about gambling folks, it's about an industry that takes money off punters and puts it in other people's pockets who know a hell of a lot more about the race than the punters. Occasionally they will give some back. Rarely enough to cover a HECS debt but enough to get to a new nightclub where you can drink until 5am. So what do you do when your kids come home from school and say "mummy can I have a tenner each way on the 4th in the last at 3 to 1 and a box trifecta on Saturday?" Well at least if they can't spell, they might learn to add up.