The propaganda ...
During that case, Desmond was shown to regularly interfere with the content of his papers, using them to run hatchet jobs on his opponents. Worse for him, Bower called Roy Greenslade, who knows a thing or two about proprietorial interference. He “told the jury Desmond had a worse reputation than any newspaper proprietor since the second world war, including Robert Maxwell”. And he’s still at it today.
... versus the reality
That was followed by “Fury as National Lottery hits 10th jackpot rollover”, also in the Express, on December 29. Then it was over to the Daily Star, where readers were told of “Angry punters call for Lotto boycott after 14th consecutive rollover” on January 8, followed three days later by “Fury over National Lottery rollovers windfall”. And while using his papers for business propaganda is bad enough, there is worse news to come.
And Richard Desmond still has the worst reputation of any newspaper proprietor. So what does that give us? Yes, it’s another Benchmark Of Excellence!
Wasn't there also a story in the Express about the new owners of Camelot being the Canadian Teachers Pension Fund? i.e all your hard earned lottery cash is paying pensions in Canada.
Do people still actually buy the Daily Baaa?
Let alone believe anything in it?
Surely to slash the odds means to cut the odds?
From The Independent of Saturday 21 December 2013: "Bookies have slashed the odds of a white Christmas, as forecasters say the recent stormy weather is set to continue.
"Ladbrokes has halved the odds of snowfall on Christmas day in London in just 24 hours, from 12/1 to 6/1."
Slashing the odds and slashing the odds of winning are two different things.
I wonder if Desmond is looking at those percentages and wondering why his skim is so low?
Replying to above comment about the Canadian teacher's union. He has a point there; the Canadian teachers union not only takes all the profit, but has lent the national lottery a great deal of cash so that the interest goes to Canada before tax.
Wagane: In light of your remark, did the writer of the piece in The Independent that I quotes get it wrong or is it the case the bookies aren't noted for their expertise in English language usage?
As someone once mentioned on a comments forum,
the only reason it's called the "Health Lottery" is because
"Millionaire Racist Porn Baron's Welfare Fund"
won't fit on the ticket.
It is all just about the money. "Lottery is a tax on stupid". The pounds-shillings-and-pence intentions are disguised behind various noble ambitions. The same goes of most online lotteries and agents. Thelotter review is probably the only exception. Others are bluff.
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