Will Ian Birrell (and other pundits) put their money where their mouths are?


Ian Birrell isn’t the first person to float the idea of a Tory/Labour Grand Coalition emerging from a messy general election result. To be fair, he isn’t saying this is a probable or even very likely outcome; in fact it’s hard to guess just how plausible he thinks it is, beyond it being “possible to envisage”. Still, he’s taken up some space in a national newspaper to talk about it, so I’m guessing he must think there is more than, say, a 2% chance of it happening. So the 50/1 on offer from Ladbrokes must make it a good bet. I’ve asked him how much he’d like to stake at those odds:

No response yet – odds are he hasn’t seen it or doesn’t care. I think it would be a very good discipline for political pundits to back up their forecasts with cash and let us see how many of them could actually make any money out of their wisdom. Not many would be my guess.



Matthew Shaddick

Matthew Shaddick has been Head of Poliical Betting at Ladbrokes since 2008. He's a writer and odds-maker with particular expertise in UK and US elections. Also known to dabble in music, literary and other out of the way betting markets. Sometimes issues tips on horse racing and football, which are best ignored.