Paddy Power Politics states that PM Boris Johnson may become Christmas 2020’s ‘biggest turkey’, as the UK government continues to stumble from crisis-to-crisis.
Deemed bullet-proof at the start of the year, having delivered the Conservative Party a record 80 seat Commons majority following his Snap Election victory – the tables appear to have turned on Bojo’s premiership as autumn arrives.
The mishandling of coronavirus testing, students’ A-level results, and advocating for an incoherent Brexit negotiation strategy breaking international laws, the list of government gaffs under PM Johnson continues to grow.
As tabloids report of an ‘Unhappy Boris’, Paddy Power have halved odds on Johnson being replaced as PM before the year is out from 8/1 to 4/1.
Should Johnson survive Christmas, Paddy Power believes that pressure will continue to mount on him leading the nation post-Brexit with the bookmaker pricing 2/1 that he is replaced next year, or odds-on 4/6 for it to happen in 2022.
Spokesman Paddy Power said: “It has been a chaotic few days for Boris Johnson, to say the least. And the increased pressure is reflected in the betting, too, as his odds of being replaced before the year is out have shortened significantly today.”
Elsewhere, the bookmaker has also priced the departures of key Johnson cabinet figures stepping down this year.
At present Education secretary, Gavin Williamson is most likely to no longer be in his position next year (1/2), followed by Matt Hancock (6/4), Chris Whitty (3/1), and Patrick Vallance (4/1).