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Internet mysteriously fails to turn whole world into gambling addicts Sep. 19th, 2007 02:18 pm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/7001329.stm

From: steer
Date: September 19th, 2007 - 01:25 pm (Link)
Hah...

"Commission chairman Peter Dean said more than 99% of adults who gambled did so harmlessly but there were still 250,000 "problem gamblers" in Britain."

At about 11am that said 99.9% of all adults... I guess someone as pedantic as I am actually bothered to write in.
From: drgndancer
Date: September 19th, 2007 - 02:26 pm (Link)
Forgive my North American ignorance, but what the Hell does a "Shadow culture secretary" do? I swear you people have more secretaries, undersecretaries and ministers than most governments have employees :-)
From: mooism
Date: September 19th, 2007 - 02:32 pm (Link)
The shadow culture secretary is not a member of the government. They are the spokesman of a main opposition party on matters to do with the culture ministry.
From: mooism
Date: September 19th, 2007 - 02:32 pm (Link)
P.S. Surely Canada has a similar system?
From: drgndancer
Date: September 19th, 2007 - 03:06 pm (Link)
Probably so. I guess I should have said "USian ignorance". Every time I think I understand Parliamentary systems there's another term I've never heard. In the US they usually say "the ranking on the blah-blah committee", but since your legislative and executive powers are more closely intertwined I guess the idea of "shadow ministers" makes more sense.
From: drgndancer
Date: September 19th, 2007 - 03:08 pm (Link)
Damn... I forgot LJ doesn't display stuff inside triangle brackets that should be "the ranking [party not in power] on the blah-blah committee"