As I wrote in the run-up to the general election, political betting markets can be lucrative ones for punters. One of the so-called ‘iron laws’ of Conservative leadership contests is that the front runner does not win it. In 2019, Boris Johnson finally put the myth to bed. Labour on the other hand have a… Continue reading A Punters History of the Labour Contest: From Odds on Callaghan to Outsider Corbyn
The modern era of big, open, political betting began in 1963 when Ron Pollard of Ladbrokes offered odds on the Conservative leadership contest for the ordinary punter. It was a dismal start as the 5/4 favourite Rab Butler was beaten by the 16/1 shot Alec Douglas-Home. In offering the market Pollard tapped into a long,… Continue reading The Political Punt: Will Corbyn or Johnson defy the Odds as Attlee, Thatcher and Blair did?
Jeremy Corbyn never really wanted the top job. And, as we so often forget, his implausible ascent to the top of the Labour party almost fell at the first hurdle. Read more at: https://inews.co.uk/light-relief/two-years-ago-today-jeremy-corbyn-made-onto-labour-leadership-ballot/