BRITAIN: In the Chips

Sweetening the public kitty

The seventh Earl of Lucan, descended from the commander who ordered the Charge of the Light Brigade, was reportedly driven to murder a few years ago by debts incurred during his binges at the chemin defer tables, at $2,000 a deal. At least one turf-preoccupied London bus driver became famous for tooling past passenger queues and rushing instead to the betting shops along his route. Not surprisingly, Gamblers Anonymous operates a 24-hour rescue service in Britain. Says the respected British scientist and public policy analyst, Lord Rothschild: "Napoleon...

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