As the UK government continues to struggle from crisis-to-crisis, Paddy Power Politics notes that PM Boris Johnson may become the ‘biggest turkey’ for Christmas 2020.
After initially being deemed as bullet-proof at the beginning of the year, following his Snap Election win, the tables seem to have turned on Bojo’s premiership as Autumn arrives, having given the Conservative Party a historic 80 seat Commons majority.
The list of government gaffs under PM Johnson continues to develop by mishandling coronavirus research, students’ A-level grades, and promoting an incoherent Brexit negotiating strategy that violates international laws.
Paddy Power has halved the odds of Johnson being replaced as PM before the year is out from 8/1 to 4/1 as tabloids talk of a ‘Unhappy Boris’
If Johnson can survive past the Christmas period, Paddy Power notes that pressure will begin to build on him leading the nation post-Brexit with the bookmaker pricing 2/1 that he is replaced next year, or odds-on 4/6 for it to happen in 2022.
Paddy Power ‘s spokesperson said:“It has been a chaotic few days for Boris Johnson, to say the least. And the increased pressure is reflected in the betting, too, as his odds of being replaced before the year is out have shortened significantly today.”
Elsewhere, the bookmaker has also priced the departures of key Johnson cabinet figures stepping down this year.
At present Education minister, Gavin Williamson is most likely to no longer be in his place next year (1/2), followed by Matt Hancock (6/4), Chris Whitty (3/1), and Patrick Vallance (4/1).