Friday, June 03, 2005

Two Horse Race

Whilst it is still a fairly open contest for second place, punters seem to increasingly fancy Ken Clarke's chances.

Long time favourite Davis has been cut from 11/8 to 11/10 by Hills, while Clarke has been backed from an opening price of 33/1 down to 9/1 joint fourth favourite.
Probably the impact of the referenda, the bulk of the new money is going on Clarke.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

God only knows why Davis is favourite. He as built his reputation on a lifetime of failure as a frontbench politician and he represents the sort of right-wing views that have lead to the party`s defeat at the last two elections.
Ken Clarke would ensure the party fought on the centre ground of politics which it must do to stand a chance of winning.Age should not come into it as some of our greatest Prime Ministers were still in office when they were well into there seventys.

9:41 PM  
Anonymous jude said...

If Ken Clarke gets the job, you can kiss the next election goodbye. It is the cosying up to the centre that caused us to lose the last election, not the opposite. People want Conservatives, not blue labour. And Europe will not go away, constitution or not.

10:27 PM  
Blogger Bishop Hill said...


Which of Davis' views do take to represent "the sort of right wing views that have lead to the party's defeat at the last two elections?

In the comments thread on this post a similar accusation is made, but with no follow up on what it is that DD believes that makes him so unelectable.

8:46 PM  

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