Monday, 6 September 2010

Boris and Ken almost neck and neck in the betting

Ken Livingstone is now almost neck and neck with Boris Johnson as the most likely winner of the 2012 Mayoral election.

The latest odds at Ladbrokes show that Ken has surged to 5/4 just a short distance from Boris at 11/10.

Oona meanwhile has slipped down to just 9/1

To put those figures in perspective, a successful £10 bet on Ken would give you a return of £22.50 whereas one on Boris would give you £21.

Oona meanwhile would get you a whopping £90.

Of course it's just betting odds and we haven't seen a poll for a very long time, but as Boris wrote in the run up to the general election:

"Here you are looking at the predictions that people are willing to defend with their own money... The reason I trust the punters of Betfair more than I trust a poll in a Sunday paper is that the punters have thought it through with the care of those investing their own money."

So come on Boris put your money where your mouth is and tell us finally whether you're going to run again in 2012.



It's more surprising that Ken isn't ahead in the betting given the scale of the public sector cuts coming. All this shows is how brilliant a candidate Boris and how unpopular Ken still is.

DavidM said...

Err.... No it isn't. The clue's in your own comment. None if the cuts have really hit yet. The real pain for Boris will start when cuts start being made to Crossrail or the core Tube upgrades.

Mellie said...

Livingstone isn't unpopular. His vote went up in 2008. He just couldn't overcome the anti-Labour feeling of the time.

Anonymous said...

The "brilliant candidate" Boris.

Ha ha ha ha!

Comedy from Anon.