Jersey gambles in desperation

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From yesterday’s Jersey Evening Post:

The States [of Jersey] paved the way for a Jersey internet gambling industry yesterday when Members unanimously approved the establishment of a Gambling Commission.

Following the landmark decision, a debate on e-gaming legislation will be held next year. Such legislation would enable people to tap into a new industry of websites running online gambling services, such as online poker and sports betting sites.

Senator Maclean said that the commission would also be a consultative and advisory body which would have a social responsibility to protect people from gambling addiction.

This really is desperation: Jersey, like most secrecy jurisdictions, knows that online gambling can cause harm. But it’s going to do it anyway.

Which just about sums up the mentality of offshore abuse.