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Bookies odds provide grim reading for Brown
Prime Minister Gordon Brown is starting to look like an over the hill punch-drunk heavyweight boxer stumbling around the ring desperately hoping that the referee will step in and end the agony.
Having been battered by a raft of cabinet resignations, a dismal performance in last week’s local government elections and now his Labour Party plunging to its lowest level in a century in European elections, Brown appears almost out for the count.
So much so that the bookmakers William Hill are offering odds of 7/4 that Brown will step down as PM by midnight this Saturday.
Former postman, now Home Secretary, Alan Johnson is the 5/4 favourite to replace Brown, with Harriet Harman at 7/1, David Miliband at 8/1, his brother Ed at 9/1, Jon Crudass at 12/1, with the PM’s close friend Ed Balls at 14/1.
And with the Conservative Party’s odds at 1/20 to win the next general election, Brown’s potential successor will need to be a miracle worker to keep Labour in power.
Who do you think should replace Gordon Brown?