Budget buzzword bets of 5/2 on Osborne chewing the fat over diet

Gabriella Griffith

IT’S that time again – another chance to play Budget buzzword bingo!

If all that serious talk about childcare payments and pension rights leaves you cold, try focusing instead on George Osborne’s exact words tomorrow – and maybe win a pound or two in the process.

Ladbrokes has tailored its latest odds to the chancellor’s 5-2 diet-based weight loss, with the likelihood he will say “diet” fittingly set at 5/2. It’s 10/1 he speaks of “trimming the fat” while any “tough decisions” he mentions at 6/4 may be inspired by food choices on calorie-restricted days.

Only two phrases are odds-on to be mentioned with “recovery” at 1/10, and Ukraine at 1/2.

Osborne wearing a blue tie is an odds-on shot at 4/5. So for a riskier punt, take the 25/1 odds that Ed Balls is reprimanded during proceedings.