This startling redistribution of wealth from ordinary working people to leading Conservatives is not what most folk expected to happen to money from the lottery.
This is naive. Redistribution from the mug to the powerful is precisely the object of gambling. The shame is that this has become Government policy. The Wall Street Journal has described the Lottery as
exploitation of the masses by the state itself ... an official willingness to engage in dubious activity to cadge more revenues.
What the Poll Tax failed to do has now been achieved. One must, I suppose, at least congratulate the administration on its victory; though it may yet prove Pyrrhic.
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