Wednesday, May 24, 2006

The American Mafia and the UK

The American Mafia comes to Britain.

In 1961, in the United Kingdom, the Betting and Gaming Act made casinos legal.

Many of the UK casinos became a cover for the Mafia.

American mobsters came to the UK from Chicago and Miami.

According to the FBI, back in the 1960's, there was a summit between the American Mafia and London's gangsters to discuss the running of London clubs.

Home Secretary, Roy Jenkins, decided to act. Some mobsters were deported and in 1970 a new Gaming Act became law.

Now, in Blair's Britain, there is to be a super-casino.

Blackpool, Brent, Cardiff, Glasgow, Greenwich, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield are on the provisional shortlist to host the UK's first Las Vegas-style super-casino.

The shortlist was announced on 24 May 2006 by the Casino Advisory Panel set up by Tessa Jowell.

Jowell and 'thickset men with Italian names from Las Vegas'

The following is extracted from an article by Nick Cohen, 22 February 2006: to the Mob

Jowell and her husband David Mills are the most permissive members of the political class.They swing, they groove…anything goes when Jowell-Millses throw a party.

Silvio Berlusconi? What a great guy!Tony and Cherie holiday with him, and only bores in the Italian prosecutor’s office nag at David for helping out “Il Cavalero” when taxmen called.

Super casinos?

Killjoys went on and on about how they would redistribute wealth from people who needed to thickset men with Italian names from Las Vegas, who did not.

But, in the words of an old hipster, you should “try everything once except incest and folk dancing,” and Tessa decided it would be a scream to let gambling addiction rip.

When the squares had a go at her she had a wacky defence. She denounced opponents letting casino operators bankrupt gullible punters as “snobs.” That’s right, snobs. As if they were objecting to the party DJ playing hip-hop.

Something inside of me snapped when I heard that and it wasn’t just my picture of Jowell as a well-meaning busybody. Here was the wife of Silvio Berlusconi’s lawyer using the old Labour language of class struggle to defend the interests of gambling tycoons.

The announcement about casinos came at the same time as warnings that increasing numbers of Britons were getting into difficulties with gambling.

Gambling advice charity GamCare said that the total number of people approaching it for counselling rose 41.3 per cent from 2004, to 6,563 in 2005, and a growing proportion of those seeking help are women.

Blackpool, Brent, Cardiff, Glasgow, Greenwich, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield?

Most of these places are linked to Blair's Labour party. Will any be linked to the mafia?

Is Tessa Jowell sympathetic to the Mafia? Is the Mob going to make a big comeback?


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