— Ladbrokes Politics (@LadPolitics) March 18, 2015
Well, we dodged a bullet with “Hard Working Families” (Osborne went the more inclusive “Hard Working People”) but the Chancellor couldn’t resist putting in a “Two Kitchens” gag. That was a 10/1 shot when we opened up the betting, was backed into 5/1, and cost us enough to pay for a few ancillary kitchenettes.
On the bright side, we only took a couple of bets on a Grey tie (6/1) as the gamble on Blue (Evs) was thwarted. The speech went over the 55min line, which was a small loser for Ladbrokes.
We make it a shade of odds on that Osborne doesn’t deliver the 2016 Budget. Even if the Tories are still in government, there is a lot of talk that he might prefer to get out of the Treasury, possibly to the Foreign Office instead.