Couldn't really make head nor tail of George Osbourne's budget today, which was unveiled just down the road from where I was meeting'd out all day, but I was amused by the betting that goes on around his speech at the HofC. You could get odds on all manner of things:
- length of speech: 56 mins (longest was Gladstone's 4hrs 45mins in 1853)
- mention of the word "tax": 95 times
- colour of tie: purple (a non-lucrative 2:1)
- sips of water: 8
- and whether Kenneth Clarke would fall asleep. Ladbrokes were offerings odds of 16/1 that he would. He did.