For all the media generated drama in the first televised head-to-head debate there was less acrimony onstage that expected as the two major party leaders attempted to woo voters ahead of the December polls. However, with bookies like Bet365, one of the very best online sportsbook sites in the UK at the moment, still offering very similar odds on who’ll be UK PM after the election to before the debate began, have the great British public already made up their minds?
Televised debates are relatively new to Britain and it being this time of year it didn’t take a massive stretch of the imagination to foresee the audience might treat it all as a bit of a pantomime. Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson took to the stage hoping to shift the odds on who’ll be UK PM after the election and proceeded to wholly fail in the attempt. Neither one managing to land a killer blow on the other despite neither one being in the best of positions.
- Jo Swinson – Liberal Democrats – 22/1
- Jeremy Corbyn – Labour Party – 3/1
- Boris Johnson – Conservative Party – 2/9
Boris Johnson focused on Brexit, his constant returning to the issue earning him jeers from the crowd, while Corbyn made no headway shortening his standing in the odds on who’ll be the UK PM after the election with his earnest appeals. Attacks on antisemitism in Labour and the Tories selling off the NHS to the Americans made no difference, the two ground to a halt and neither any more attractive to those taking advantage of UK gambling laws to bet on British politics.
Debate Excluded Swinson And Acrimony
Afterward one commentator was forced to admit the audience had probably won the debate simply by dint of once and for all throwing off the deference to leadership that has for so long been part of British politics. Politicians are no longer to expect respect on the hustings because that ship sailed in the ebbing tides of parliamentary chaos some time ago. The odds on who’ll be UK PM after the election now reflecting that there is no real consensus for either side’s man.
Now usually that would mean you could bet on Jo Swinson to sweep into power as the glorious third choice, but excluded from the main leaders debate she was forced to look like a bit player next to the dour Sturgeon and ridiculous Farage. Sadly she hasn’t seen her odds on who’ll be the UK PM after the election shift at all from the rather distant 22/1 that those who regularly bet on sports in the UK will have seen plastered all over the bookies like Bet365 for quite a while now.
Of course, for all their confidence, Corbyn particularly forceful about shrugging off coalition talk, neither of the big two are out in front by much of a margin. Bet365 and the like will only give you around 2/9 on Boris Johnson, despite the Conservatives having a massive advantage in a short sharp shock of an election. But whilst you can get 3/1 for a bet on Jeremy Corbyn do remember that the odds on who’ll be UK PM after the election are realistically a two horse race.
- Green Party – 250/1
- Liberal Democrats – 50/1
- Labour – 8/1
- Conservatives – 1/16
Not that a bet on Boris Johnson seems any more palatable. The response of the audience to his Brexit hammering means he’ll be lucky if this doesn’t end up another hung parliament with him having to seek support from the DUP or worse, The Brexit Party. The bookies like Bet365, one of the best online betting sites in the UK, might only give 7/4 to that outcome but in a Britain of pulverized political reputations it might be the only sensible wager following that awful debate.