BETTING ODDITIES: In his latest weekly blog, DAVID STEWART takes a sideways look at some of the stories making the news in the betting world and beyond.
DAVID STEWART is a freelance digital betting producer and journalist. His CV includes: The Sun, The Sporting Life, Racing Post, At The Races, The Sportsman, lead feature writer for Sky’s Betview magazine and senior producer Timeform Radio.
EXIT POLLS PLEASE EXIT STAGE LEFT
The Exit Poll REALLY spoils the Election Night Coverage for me I’m afraid. Especially this year of course. The snap announcement at 10pm was like settling down at the cinema to watch a film and being told the outcome whilst the adverts were playing.
It was the SPOILER OF SPOILERS 🙁
It ruined the drama of the night – I miss the days when the Sunderland South result was analysed in forensic detail and then extrapolated projections on how the rest of the night would unfold was based on that. We don’t need the exit poll and I’m not sure that asking people how they voted on Election Day should even be legal.
THE QUALITY STREET ELECTION
Now on to more serious electoral matters. I note with interest that John Lewis in Kingston are allowing you to fill tins with only the flavours you want. On further investigation, I was staggered to find out the most popular Quality Street is the Purple One and not the sublime Orange Crunch. However it was certainly no surprise to see the horrific coconut eclair as the absolute rag – surely relegation beckons?
WHERE THERE’S A WILL …..
Many congratulations to colleague William Kedjanyi for his prime time slot on ITV’s Election Night programme. It’s a been a big year for Will and it was a fitting reward for all his hard work on the General Election. I’ve almost forgiven him for tipping against Darlington earlier in the year when he went with Walsall in their FA Cup clash. Mind you, he was right, damn it.
Star Sports Bookmakers @KeejayOV2 tells Nina Hossain that Keir Starmer is the current favourite to be Jeremy Corbyn's potential successor
— ITV News (@itvnews) December 12, 2019
OVERUSED ELECTION METAPHOR
“The tectonic plates have shifted”. Clever the first time, lazily plagiarised thereafter.
… BUT THE TREES DON’T HAVE TO KNOW
Tweet of the week for me was Adam Boulton’s witty retort to David Cameron’s interview.
I’ve been laughing at this for far too long now. pic.twitter.com/pEqP6zEz5n
— Darren Grimes (@darrengrimes_) December 13, 2019
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