Gambling is so often the preserve of the poor and the desperate. Sadly too many find themselves in such financial straits in the North East.
It is all too easy to be lured into betting and the growth of online gambling is making it even easier – all from the comfort of your own home or even out and about with a mobile phone.
Now it emerges that bookmakers are apparently targeting youngsters by using children’s cartoon characters to promote their online service.
I am glad to see that the ASA is investigating, particularly as the Gambling Commission has found that shockingly 450,000 children are gambling in England and Wales every week.
Youngsters are particularly susceptible as playing online games is part of their culture. The Local Government Association has revealed that one in ten children aged between 11 – 15 are “following” gambling firms on social media.
It is ironic that it was a Labour government that liberalised the gaming industry allowing its evils to proliferate and it is those in its traditional heartlands, such as this region, who are paying a particularly high price.
Jonathan Arnott MEP
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I was deeply disappointed to learn that the government plans to impose vicious cuts upon the Army Air Corps.
Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party have been justly criticised for their attitude towards our Armed Forces but the record of Tory governments under both David Cameron and Theresa May have been equally appalling. Despite this record, the Conservatives tend toreceive relatively little criticism for their decisions towards our Armed Forces.
The Conservative Party like to talk big on defence spending and constantly say that they view our Armed Forces as a key priority for any government. However, the actions of successive Tory governments have proven that these are no more than empty words designed to win votes.
Defence must always be a priority for the British Government but it appears that neither our current government nor the official opposition can be trusted to properly defend our nation and give our Armed Forces the resources and funding that they require.
What a deeply troubling state of affairs.
Jonathan Arnott MEP
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I have long complained about the inadequacy of sentences handed down for animal cruelty so I am delighted that Michael Gove plans to increase the maximum jail term to five years.
The current maximum of six months is woefully low and with an automatic third off for a guilty plea very few people are actually put behind bars for such offending behaviour. I hope that the proposals also include the imposition of far longer bans on animal ownership.
The case of two brothers given a suspended sentence at Hartlepool Magistrates for appalling cruelty to a young bulldog – which they had sickeningly videod – is a case I highlighted at the time as demonstrating the need for a change in the law.
We are known as a country of animal lovers and this proposed change is very long overdue. The Sentencing Council needs to ensure that when it is on the statute book the guidelines they issue actually results in deterrent sentences so these thugs don’t keep walking away laughing.
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The government’s decision to approve London’s Crossrail2 project has proven controversial.
When Crossrail was approved we were assured that investment in the North was a priority – everyone in the North East knows that this claim proved to be false.
Now Crossrail2 is being finalised and we are once again being told that infrastructure in the North is a priority. I wonder if any of your readers actually believe these latest claims? I certainly don’t.
During every election campaign Labour and Tory MPs come up to the North East to reveal their grand plans to invest in our roads and railways, but once the election has ended we seldom hear anything more about these promises until the next election campaign has begun.
The North East does not need any more empty promises or pointless hype about the mythical ‘Northern Powerhouse.’ We need the infrastructure investment that we have been lacking for decades.
Tory Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has been attempting to convince military leaders and experts that he is not in charge of managing the decline of the British army; indeed he went as far as claiming that “defence is growing.”
I really do not know who Mr Fallon is trying to fool. The British Army, Royal Airforce and Royal Navy are all undermanned, underfunded, underequipped and there seems to be no long-term vision or plan to address these problems. Just this week the UK launched an impressive new aircraft carrier to much fanfare. However, in recent years the size of the Royal Navy surface fleet has become alarmingly small and this has caused many people to question whether we are even in a position to properly utilise and protect these new carriers.
Successive governments have imposed damaging cut after damaging cut upon our Armed Forces and this has had a devastating impact across the board. It is time for our political leaders to stop pretending that these problems don’t exist and start talking about policies to address these issues.
Jonathan Arnott MEP
UKIP, North East
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I was both shocked and disappointed to learn that Hartlepool Borough Council are considering raising councillor allowances by 31%.
Local councillors play a vital role in their community but in a time of cuts and council tax rises I believe that it would be extremely inappropriate to provide any councillors with a higher allowance.
In January Council leaders told us that they had ‘no alternative’ to raising council tax because of government cuts and a lack of funding. I would like to think that every single councillor who supported this tax rise will now be voting against raising allowances.
Residents were told that this tax rise would protect vital services, not fund a higher allowance for the councillors who enforced the tax rise. The Council should not even be considering this idea, if they have spare money in the budget then they should be investing it in frontline services such as social care.
Jonathan Arnott MEP
UKIP, North East
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