Pathologising Punters #vicvotes
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.