I’m having one of those fortnights this week so just caught up with this in yesterday’s Press over breakfast:
A Melbourne punter thinks National will win New Zealand’s election and has plunged $A 10,000 ($NZ12,720) on John Key’s party. The punter stands to win $A13,500 with Australian betting agency Centrebet if National wins the election later this year.
Centrebet has since firmed National in to $1.30 with Labour the outsider at $3.35.
“It’s one of the biggest bets so far, but we also have a London punter who’s placed L2000 ($NZ5,300) on Key at $1.30,” Centrebet political analyst Neil Evans said.
However, he said Clark has not been friendless in the betting, with a Christchuch punter recently backing her at $3.15, while an earlier Wellington punter staked $1000 on her at $2.65.
Would it be unkind to point out this could prove that only losers are backing Labour?
National opened three months ago at $1.47 and Labour at $2.62.
Over at The Inquiring Mind Adam Smith has copied a letter to the editor of the NZ Herald from Labour president Mike Williams in which he argues that polls are losing their predictive value.
I wonder what he thinks about betting agences? They can be wrong, but their businesses thrive because they’re right more often.