So gambling is OK with Labour when it isn’t SkyCity

Labour continues to show their rank hypocrisy when it comes to gambling.

They constantly bang on about SkyCity as if they are evil incarnate, but happily run raffles, attend racing events and show a general preference to all other forms of gambling other than pokies inside a casino in the nation’s largest city.

Here is Grant Robertson and Andrew Little making complete dorks of themselves at the Wellington Cup.

Congrats to Grant Robertson for managing to make Andrew Little look like a sinister back stabbing weirdo when everyone knows that it is Robbo who is the back stabber.


So apart from Little looking evil and stupid and Grant laughing quietly at his leader, I see Labour are happy to promote gambling so long as it isn’t SkyCity.

Why is it that they can feel brazen enough to post pictures of themselves enjoying the races and gambling and skiting about winning on the horses but stand opposed to all things that SkyCity does?

Gambling is gambling in my book, there is no difference, some people like the races, others like the pokies, but what really rips my undies is the double standards that politcians like Andrew Little and Grant Robertsone exhibit.

Here is Grant Robertson banging on against SkyCity and gambling harm:

Today there is meant to be a personal vote or a conscience vote. There is no personal vote or conscience vote coming from the National side, and I can tell you why we know that. We know that there are members on that side of the House who understand the impact of gambling harm, who understand how it destroys families, who understand the damage that it does right across communities. In the past they have stood up against problem gambling, but today they do not. They are not exercising their consciences.

John Key has systematically and deliberately undermined basic New Zealand values through this dodgy deal. It is shameful legislation, and the National members who are today being prevented from exercising their consciences know this. This bill is morally wrong. This bill is morally bankrupt. The Labour Party is disgusted by this bill. Labour will not be bullied out of making changes to gambling law because of what this Government says. If Labour sees gambling harm when it is in Government, it will legislate to deal with gambling harm. John Key cannot get away with this dodgy, tawdry deal. It is morally bankrupt and the Labour Party is utterly opposed to it.

So without a hint of irony there he is promoting via a hashtag another form of gambling, one that has been around far longer than pokie machines or SkyCity and one which has generations of gambling addicted victims in tis wake.

I wonder if Grant Robertson and Andrew Little will be looking to close down racing when they next get into power sometime next decade or will they just continue to be sanctimonious hypocrites?

Remember too that they were in government when Winston Peters moved to subsidise the racing industry and give out government money to increase stakes for horse racing…sanctimonious, hypocrites.

Labour aren’t utterly opposed to gambling, they in fact revel in it. They are however opposed to be truthful as to their motivations.


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