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Pathologising Punters #vicvotes

November 19, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

As if I didn’t have reason enough to vigorously oppose the annoying campaign of the inadequate Ted Baillieu, these words popped into my inbox via Google Alerts: “Ted Baillieu says problem gambling should be treated in the same way as an illness.”

Sigh. Deep, prolonged, wistful sigh.

No, Ted, it should not. Problem gambling is a behaviour undertaken by conscious human beings. There may be psychological causes for it. There may be a touch of genetic predisposition at play. But it is not, if words are to carry any meaning at all, an illness — unless you mean illness as a metaphor, which I am guessing you don’t. Instead, you have lazily adopted the 12-stepper philosophy because, like every single other policy idea you have ever plucked, it is the lowest-hanging fruit in orchard.

In the process, and quite remarkably, you have found yet another thing about which to be wrong.

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  1. Soggy Bottom Boys
    November 19, 2010 at 23:09

    So insightful. You should write for a living!

    • PQ
      November 20, 2010 at 01:52

      I can only assume you’re taking the piss, but thanks for reading.

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