I know there is no shortage of competition, but is there a more vile and less suitable for the position Government Minister than Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey? Ms McVey, who is responsible for benefits and pensions has lodged a protest against a move to regulate gambling machines which critics say cause crime and family breakdown. McVey strongly objected to plans to limit the maximum stakes on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals to 2 pounds. The machines, dubbed the ‘crack cocaine’ of gambling, currently allow stakes of up to 100 pounds every 20 seconds on casino games like roulette. Research has linked these machines with unemployment, child deprivation, households in debt and family breakdown. The government have already announced 100 pound stakes are to be outlawed, but they want to give the bookies more time to make representations before taking a final decision on a reduced stake. The bookies?! Why on earth should they have any say on a decision like this? I’m sure they will be completely impartial. A cross party group of MPs have written to Theresa May arguing that the government has a ‘moral duty’ to reduce the maximum stake to 2 pounds.
Esther McVey is in a relationship with fellow Tory MP Philip Davies, who has been an outspoken defender of FOBT machines in the House of Commons, and has accepted thousands of pounds worth of hospitality from bookmakers.
The gifts were declared properly to House of Commons authorities and there is no suggestion either MP has broken any rules. This of course is the biggest scandal of all, the fact that this sort of thing is perfectly fine and dandy, not against any rules etc etc. Lets call it what it is, it’s corruption. In plain sight. I’ve said it before but i don’t mind repeating it, these people who govern us have utter contempt for the electorate. They simply don’t care what it looks like to ordinary people when they are taking back handers from businessmen to make policy in their favour, at the expense of the overwhelming majority they are there to represent. A fucking disgrace. Esther McVey is despised in her home city of Liverpool, they are ashamed of her, and rightly so.