Mark Littlewood appears on BBC R4's Moral Maze
“I derive enormous pleasure from it, I think it’s great fun and I don’t feel any problem with having this hobby,” stated Mr Littlewood.
Regarding the idea that a gambler has a responsibility to other less skilled gamblers, Mr Littlewood argued that he does not feel a duty towards them as a gambler but as a human being.
“Clearly people who develop some sort of pathological condition I feel sympathy for but I don’t feel particular sympathy for alcoholics because I drink and I don’t feel particular sympathy for problem gamblers because I gamble.
“I think the industry is over-constrained at the moment and I think that that actually generates quite a difficult cultural problem. We’re in danger of treating gambling as something rather naughty, a bit like having a drink too many, that should be hidden away and it should only be adults that go to casinos late at night. I think that is culturally unhelpful.”
Mr Littlewood stated that constraints in the industry should be on stakes and age and draws a parallel with alcohol. For example, in many European countries people try alcohol at a much lower age and there are often far less alcohol problems.
Regarding proposed regulation of gambling adverts, Mark Littlewood argued that this was not going to help those with a gambling problem.
“We mustn’t think that if we stop betting adverts from appearing in the middle of a football game that their pathological problem isn’t going to find another outlet,” stated Mr Littlewood.
Listen to the full programme here. Segment begins at 26.53.