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Why “Hard Working Families” might miss out in the Autumn Statement

| 02.12.2014

“Hard Working Families”, a political favourite for many years, has been the most popular choice so far in our Autumn Statement Buzzword Bingo betting. Just find a word or phrase that the Chancellor will mention during Wednesday’s speech:


“Stonehenge” has also been well backed, having opened up at Evens. That’s in anticipation of Osborne going into the specifics of some road improvements. The Spectator have a nice piece on which marginal constituencies might benefit from that policy.

Having run this market for quite a few big speeches over the years, I have noticed that the Prime Minister and the Chancellor seem to prefer “Hard Working People” these days, as opposed to “families”, so we’re sticking with 3/1 in the hope that Osborne goes with the more inclusive option. It’s still unlikely that “Lazy Single People” will get any attention; you can have 100/1 that this much maligned group get a mention.

You can find all of our latest odds here.

Meanwhile, Blue is the odds-on favourite for the Chancellor’s tie colour. He has a Purple tie that he likes a lot, so I won’t be surprised if he goes with that either. You won’t get that sort of searing insight on many other political blogs.




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.