Novelty punters have a feast of upcoming betting opportunities to get stuck into, thanks to Ladbrokes’ assortment of Budget speech selections.
This year’s Budget represents another huge chance for the Tories to outline their claims as the guardians of the country’s future prosperity with Chancellor George Osborne charged with making the party’s case to the electorate.
The Conservatives will be hopeful that Britain’s gradually improving economic outlook can take them to victory in next year’s General Election.
But what type of language can we expect to hear? How long will the speech last?
And will Tory MP Ken Clarke opt for a power nap while his colleague addresses the nation, much like he did in 2011?
Ladbrokes customers can bet on all of the aforementioned possibilities and much more, with the return of Buzzword Bingo and a number of other specials.
It’s 4/5 that the Chancellor wears a blue tie in keeping with his party’s traditional colours. However, a flurry of late support for Osborne to sport a purple tie has seen that eventuality backed in to 3/1 from 4/1.
The bookies go 16/1 that former Chancellor Clarke nods off during the speech while Labour’s Ed Balls is 25/1 to be directly reprimanded by the Deputy Speaker for the second year running.
But the real value lies in anticipating what the current man in charge of the famous red briefcase is about to say.
‘Recovery’ is somewhat understandably 1/10 to be bellowed during the speech given the Tories’ recent crowing about improving economic growth.
‘Ukraine’ is a slightly more punter-friendly option at 1/2, while familiar staples ‘Hard working families’ (4/6), ‘Broadest Shoulders’ (Evens) and ‘Tough Decisions’ (6/4) are also likely to form part of Osborne’s familiar rhetoric.
‘The Cost of Living’ (2/1) is another topical subject which may be addressed while talk of the Scottish Independence ‘Referendum’ (2/1) and possible break-up of Britain’s ‘Currency Union’ (5/2) are other issues that could well be referenced.
More outlandish options are ‘British Jobs for British Workers’ (20/1) with a mention of ‘Lazy Single People’ (100/1) another potential political own goal that you’re unlikely to hear.
Check out Ladbrokes’ Budget speech specials here.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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