Tuesday’s heavy weight resignations led by the former Health Secretary and Chancellor (conveniently announced in time for the early evening news slots) inevitably led to a tsunami of step-downs as it appeared that every Tory MP with a modicum of ambition was queuing-up to jump the (once) good ship Johnson. That list included a certain Christopher Ian Brian Mynott Philp the Member of Parliament for Croydon South, self-styled ‘serial entrepreneur’ and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Tech and the Digital Economy, between 2021 and 7 July 2022. Chris Philp is/was of course the politician in charge of the Gambling Review. He was the person the industry had to persuade that its recommendations for an Act fit for a digital age were sensible, progressive, reasonable and most important of all responsible. In his letter of resignation to the Prime Minister, Philp outlined his own achievements before stressing the importance of integrity, honesty and trust in politics and as a consequence recommending that the PM should resign. In his letter he provided a window on the state of play with regards to the Gambling Review stating: “The Gambling review is with No 10 at the moment for final approval, containing strong measures to protect people from the ravages of gambling addiction.” He went on to say: “I have met with the families of those who have committed suicide as a result of gambling addiction and I strongly urge you to deliver the review in full and undiluted.” What’s significant from this paragraph is what Chris Philp chose to omit. There was no mention of the success of reducing problem gambling to a record low of 0.2 percent. No mention of the huge advances made by the industry in terms of its safer gambling undertakings. Similarly, where were the references to creating an act fit for a digital age? Elsewhere in Coinslot there’s speculation regarding the use of modern payments methods. With some fintech experts suggesting that the UK could be a cashless society by 2027 as it stands that would leave AGCs as the only retailer on the high street unable by law to offer a range of payment methods. The ex-Minister’s resignation letter provides a sign that he either wasn’t evidence-led and if he was/is he cannot have seen the mountains of evidence provided by the land-based sector. The huge challenge is how the sector deploys its resources to help change the ‘all gambling is inherently toxic’ narrative despite all of the evidence that exists to the contrary.