BETTING ODDITIES: Questionable Questions

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.


The tweet below from Lord Ashcroft resonated with me.

The daily update briefings, as grim as they have been, are essential in keeping the country informed.

However, some of the questioning has been less than desirable. Some of the BBC and SKY representatives have been increasingly passive-aggressive and frankly the ‘gotcha’ undertone is deeply unhelpful.

Challenging questions are needed, more now than ever, but not when their sole purpose is driven by journalistic ego. And even politicians occasionally need to be told they are doing GOOD things too.

And please STOP asking ‘when will the virus peak?’. Time and time again politicians have answered this with ‘I don’t know’ and nothing is changing on that front.

Sometimes ‘I don’t know’ is not only an honest answer but also the correct answer.


Incredible to think that the emotional #Clapforcarers was started by a single tweet.

In this case bravo to Annemarie Plas, a Dutch yoga teacher living in London who had the idea, sent a tweet and it went viral in the biggest way possible.

Like a lot of people I was so moved by this act of community. As well as a tribute to all the wonderful people on the front line it came across as a huge release of individual household pressure and a reminder we really are all in this together.

The single tweet reminded me very much of the Barry Manilow lyrics ….

Just one voice, singing in the darkness
All it takes is one voice
Singing so they hear what’s on your mind
And when you look around you’ll find
There’s more than one voice
Singing in the darkness
Joining with your one voice
Each and every note another octave
Hands are joined and fears unlocked


I wonder how many people are currently exercising MORE now than pre-lockdown? Being told you can only exercise once a day brings home how precious that time is. Exercise, for those that are able, must surely be even more important in building up strength to fight off infections.

There’s been an explosion of online videos showing how you don’t need to go to the gym to keep fit.

We might come out of it a fitter society. And when we do let’s keep that going. We all need time to look after ourselves and improve our mental and physical fitness.


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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.

Views of authors do not necessarily represent views of Star Sports Bookmakers.