Licensing expert David Clifton of Clifton Davies believes Andrew Rhodes, CEO of the Gambling Commission, deserves a “proper chance” to improve the regulator’s relationship with the industry.
With criticism of the Commission coming thick and fast over the last 12 months and a betting and gaming parliamentary group in the process of preparing yet more of it, Clifton cautions that too much criticism could end up with unintended consequences. Instead, he suggests giving Rhodes a chance to return a sense of balance, highlighting the CEO’s step in the right direction with his recent declaration that “gambling is normal”.
“That I should find that statement from the industry’s regulator so refreshing to read is an indication how far the anti-gambling lobby have managed to move the focus of the gambling reform debate in the last couple of years,” wrote Clifton. “What is clearly needed, both in the present debate and in line with proportionate and effective regulation of the industry, is a proper sense of balance. In this respect, I believe Andrew Rhodes’ above words to be a clear recognition of this.”
Clifton added that Rhodes’ public pronouncements to date give the impression that he genuinely intends to improve the regulator and have a “constructive and collaborative relationship with the industry”.
“I think the industry should give him a proper chance to do so,” concluded Clifton.