Thursday, July 13, 2006

Easy money

Latest political bets from William Hill:

TONY BLAIR SPECIALS:
Year in which Tony Blair leaves Office of Prime Minister: 11/10 - 2007, 2/1 - 2006, 3/1 - 2008, 9/1 - 2009, 20/1 2010 or beyond.

Tony Blair to beat Margaret Thatcher's tenure as Prime Minister: 1/20 No, 8/1 Yes.

MOST SEATS AT THE NEXT GENERAL ELECTION:
4/6 Conservatives, 11/10 Labour, 80/1 Lib Dems.

NEXT LABOUR LEADER:
1/4 Gordon Brown, 6/1 Alan Johnson, 8/1 David Miliband, 12/1 John Reid, 20/1 Alan Milburn, 33/1 Margaret Beckett, 33/1 Jack Straw, 40/1 Des Browne, 50/1 Peter Hain, 50/1 Hazel Blears, 66/1 Hilary Benn, 66/1 Charles Clarke, 66/1 Geoff Hoon, 80/1 John Prescott.

Shamefully for someone who fancies himself as a political pundit, I generally do better on the gee-gees than on my political bets. But at 2/1, I'm putting some of my modest flat season profits on Blair to go before the end of the year. That's value.

However ... 80/1 on Prezza as next Labour leader? Sorry. You'd be a mug punter to take that bet at 500/1. And sadly, it doesn't look as if they are even making a book on McDonnell.

[Hat tip: Iain Dale]



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