Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

The Racing Card

Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

The Racing Card

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The Bet: Who will be the first woman prime minister of the 21st century?

The bookies are not very confident that there will be a woman prime minister this decade. In fact you can get 10/1 if you think there will be. Given these odds it is surprising that the prices on who will be the next woman PM are not very generous at all. The only explanation for Patricia Hewitt's price is that she has a rich anonymous admirer who has placed a big wedge on her. He or she obviously has more money than sense. I would put my money on Yvette Cooper, but 4-1 is very poor value. Mo Mowlam's star is certainly waning as she has gone out from firm favourite a year ago to a 16-1 outsider today. The only Tory in the betting is Ann Widdecombe, which is surprising given that the Tories are still the only major political party to elect a woman to lead them.

When I was inquiring about the odds on a woman prime minister I was intrigued to know what odds I could get on the next honours list. …

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