Blair wants two super casinos in the U.K.
The Prime Minister of the
United Kingdom, Tony Blair has mentioned the option of two
super-casinos to be built in the country.
During question time in the
U.K. parliament, Tony Blair is quoted saying: "Personally I have
never seen the reason why we should have Blackpool and
Manchester pitted against each other," considering there would
be enough investments for two casinos of this size.
A plan that would allow the
building of 17 new casinos throughout the Kingdom, with one of
them being a super-casino in Manchester, was rejected by the
Lords, and many are sure that the gambling law would have passed
if Manchester was not the selected city for the super-casino.
Manchester was chosen for the
site of the proposed super casino, winning over the other
competitor - Blackpool, which many claimed needed the economic
boost more. But peers rejected the gambling bill backing the
decision to build the super-casino in Manchester, by just three
Blair stated that the
government is working on a proposal that would ensure the
building of the regional casinos. Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell
had attempted to persuade both houses to accept a proposal to
create a committee to reconsider the process by which Manchester
had been selected, but her efforts failed, as she appeared to
suggest the committee could not reconsider the Manchester
The bill was overturned by a
joint force of representatives - one side was simply opposed to
building a super-casino due to society deterioration concerns,
and the other side was against the decision of Manchester being
the city for the first super-casino in the U.K.
The future of this casino bill
remains unclear as neither side seems to be willing to budge on