Lord Archer has stated that Conservative ministers should “steal” the gambling advertising ban put forward by Labour deputy leader Tom Watson at the party’s September conference.
The former Tory deputy chairman, no stranger to such appropriation himself having served half of his four year sentence for perjury in 2001, made the argument in a column published in the Radio Times.
“A good start was made at the Labour party conference in September by deputy leader Tom Watson, who promised immediate legislation to deal with the problem if a Labour government were elected,” said Archer.
“Please don’t take another 20 years before the government bans gambling advertising, and wastes a generation of young people simply because of the tax revenue.”
Though the Conservative government already implemented the £2 maximum stake for FOBTs earlier this year, an idea originally proposed by Watson after the UKGC recommended a £30 limit, Archer maintains Labour’s advertising proposal should also be plagiarised.
“No one ever remembers whose idea it was,” stated Archer, “only the party person who passed the law.”
Archer urged the Government to instigate the ban before the next general election, criticising a Tory party that he claims could “waste a generation of young people simply because of the tax revenue.”