Is Gordon Brown worth 25/1 to be the post-election PM?

Is Gordon Brown worth 25/1 to be the post-election PM?

    A good value bet on the Chancellor?

Gordon Brown’s high-profile African tour signing deals to ease the foreign debt burden of poor countries should go down well with many of the potential LD-leaning Labour supporters on whom the General Election result probably depends.

It sounds like a bold initiaitive but as critics have pointed out it is one that it is not costing the UK tax-payer very much. The latest in Tanzania will provide an average of £4m a year of relief. But the Chancellor is raising a major issue that he is hoping that the other “rich” nations” might follow.

    The move keeps Gordon Brown in the news doing something practical in a form that is distinct from Tony Blair. It positions the Chancellor well for a post-election leadership contest.

So what are his chances now of being Prime Minister? If Blair is returned with a very small majority or there’s a hung parliament he might be forced to stand down. So there’s a chance of Brown making it to Number 10 after the General Election?

To bet on this there’s a creative betting market run by Binarybet on “who will form the government after the General Election” that has some interesting opportunities. These are the latest prices:-

Tony Blair 81-85
Gordon Brown 1-4
Charles Kennedy 0-2
Michael Howard 9-13
None of the above 1-4

To convert a binary price into a conventional one simply divide it by 100. So the “buy” price on Gordon Brown is 4 which is the equivalent of 25/1. This compares with a Betfair price of under 7/1 on Brown being Labour leader at the election.

Assuming that the Tories are going to be nowhere near forming a Government the bet covers you if Blair does ineed step down before the vote. It would also come good if in the fracas of a hung parliament or very close outcome Labour felt the need to change its leader quickly. Though how the party’s internal processes would work in such a situation it is hard to read.

In spite of this we think that 25/1 on Brown makes this a very attractive long-shot.
It’s one of those outside punts that could just happen and is worth putting some money on. Certainly it’s better value than that on Michael Howard.

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Mike Smithson

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