Don’t bet on gambling firms changing with paltry fines | Brief letters

Don’t bet on gambling firms altering with paltry fines | Brief letters

Don’t bet on gambling firms altering with paltry fines

Betting businesses | MPs could do greater | Mary Whitehouse’s phoney morals | Speaking Welsh

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A fine of £9.4m for betting firms is peanuts (Report, 1 March). A more suitable fine would be anything like twice the total emoluments (salary, pension and bonuses) paid to the senior executives and boards of the firms for the previous two years. Fines that bite may generate better behaviour – and not just in the betting industry.
Ted Pawley
Milton Keynes

Although I can support a Hippocratic oath for engineers and scientists (Letters, 1 March), I really feel MPs must make public declarations that they will act with probity and the highest requirements of integrity in the representation of their constituency and the workout of office in government. A straightforward extension to the oath of allegiance to the crown need to suffice.
Charlie Leventon
Shrewsbury, Shropshire

I can not believe of anybody who deserves a radio programme much less than Mary Whitehouse. To recommend that she was ahead of her time is laughable (Ahead of her time? Programme re-evaluates Mary Whitehouse’s legacy, 1 March). She was a Victorian values conservative who in no way questioned the morality of the upper classes. The programme will please those nostalgic for Margaret Thatcher, who admired Whitehouse. Both were phoney moralists.
Ronald Byrne
Glasgow

I first visited Ceredigion as a kid in the 1950s. I remember that when my family members went into a shop, individuals chatting in Welsh would often switch to English out of politeness (Letters, 1 March).
Tim Scott
London

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