We’ve been spoilt for elections recently but it’s pretty shallow fry at the moment for those of us looking to win money on political betting.
However, UKIP, the gift that keeps on giving, have not let us down, and have yet another leadership election for us.
The favourite at the moment is Peter Whittle. I don’t quite understand why – I’ve been scouring the internet and simply do not see any excitement in the UKIP voter base for him. He is deputy leader, and maybe, just maybe the UKIP faithful will go for experience. Odds on? You are having a laugh.
I did consider backing David Kurten, though mainly because he is backed by Leave.EU – and I believe by Nigel Farage.
Farage certainly doesn’t like the candidate that I am backing (financially, I stress!). Anne-Marie Waters is a colourful character – it is fair to say that she is certainly anti-Islam – and you’ll understand that there is enough people out there with similar views, especially if you dare go onto social media after a terrorist attack.
Scour social media, and you will find more support for her than any other candidate, by some way. Whether these are actual UKIP members who could vote, is hard to tell.
There is also a fair smattering of enthusiasm for John Rees-Evans, enough at odds of 10/1 with 888 Sport to make it attractive enough as a value bet. Though for some reason I was dumb and backed him at 8/1 with Coral.
Don’t go crazy on either bet – I placed more on Anne-Marie Waters than John Rees-Evans. It will take until the end of September for the results to be announced, but if you agree that the alt-right, anti-Islam candidate is good value, then take the 5/2 as I only see her price shortening.