Does 7/1 make Harriet an attractive bet?

Does 7/1 make Harriet an attractive bet?

PB March 12 2009

Should we be looking at Labour’s deputy again?

Back in March, when Harriet was the 100/30 favourite, I suggested that then might be the moment to cross of her off the least for the Labour leadership. One of my arguments was her poor showing in a YouGov poll of Labour members a week or so earlier in which she did not come out too well.

Since then we’ve had the rise and and rise of Alan Johnson to be followed by the emergence of Peter Mandelson. The result is that Harriet’s price has moved out and now William Hill has her at 7/1. PaddyPower have her at 11/2 with Ladbrokes at 5/1.

During a period when it’s been hard to read a paper or watch a news programme without Harriet being featured I wonder whether she should again be considered a contender. Certainly the WillHill price of 7/1 looks tempting.

Her ultra-PC proposals might infuriate many PBers but they could be just the thing for Labour’s electoral college.

At the moment I’m not so sure – what do people think?

Mike Smithson

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