2/1/10 – This week has been yet another busy one for the Right2bet campaign, with our name hitting the headlines all over Europe.
The reason for this, of course, is the response to the latest addition to the Right2bet site: the Renegade Ref video series.The general public have found the series to be a fun and light-hearted riposte at the strange rules insisted upon by many of the governments in Europe. However, the same laws which we argue against, ostensibly put in place by such governments to ‘safeguard the consumer' from addiction or corruption, have been used to ban our humourous videos, which have been branded guilty of advertising the services of a foreign bookmaker (a move that has recently landed two Swedish newspaper editors in a whole heap of trouble).
The Renegade Ref videos, however, make no attempt to influence a viewer to gamble. These videos are purely intended to show the idiocy of laws designed to restrict gambling to a single state run company. Unfortunately the governments of many of the European nations which our campaign is concerned with have not seen this, and have chosen to ban our videos altogether, which we argue is another example of the unfair situation that leaves European consumers – yet again – with less freedom and choice.
Our blog this week shows that the European Court of Justice agrees with us; Advocate General Bot last week clarified that the non-EU compliant laws currently in place in the German state of Nordrhein Westfalen are not in the interest of consumers and that a transitional period between current and new legalization would be looked upon unfavourably.
The Right2bet site also continues with its regular features, from the monthly competition to the charity challenge. We also, of course, continue with the centrepiece of our campaign, the Right2bet petition – come on over and get it signed!