With just two days until an election that could mark either one of the greatest days in British political history or one of the blackest, we're all a bit nervous about the future. But one thing that's great for easing tension is free cash, and that's what appears to be on offer from Stan James this week.
The terrifying image above is Ladbrokes' predicted map of the UK come Friday morning. (You can find much more detail on it here.) It makes a few questionable assertions and contradicts itself in a number of places (eg Glasgow East), but where's the money?
The money, for once, is in Scotland. The Tories currently have just one of Scotland's 59 Westminster seats, and currently languish a poor 4th in the opinion polls there, hovering a percentage point or two either side of a miserable 15%. The party is still overwhelmingly loathed in Scotland, and the other three fight with each other over which hates the Tories the most.
(Even the Sun won't come out in open support of the Scottish Conservatives, for fear of mass desertions from its readership.)
It's very possible that their single MP (the hapless Shadow Scottish Secretary David Mundell) could lose his seat, and Ladbrokes' predictions of Tory gains in others (eg Renfrewshire East, that tiny little blue blob in the sea of pink around Glasgow) seem very dubious indeed, but the three predicted Tory Scottish seats shown on the map definitely look like the absolute extreme of best possible outcomes for the Conservatives.
In that light, then, Stan James' odds of 11/10 for the Tories to get 0-3 seats in Scotland seems as close as bookmakers ever come to offering free cash. Ladbrokes' odds have been tightening rapidly on the same bet (down to 1/2 last time I checked), so clearly it appears that the bookies are getting a little worried – lump your dosh on while you can, is WoSblog's advice.
The bet is hard to find on the website, and when I phoned them up they didn't know anything about it, but thanks to alert WoSblog viewer Andy this link will take you directly to it.
EDIT: Stan James seem to have sobered up and withdrawn the bet. However, this link suggests that ToteSport are offering 4/5, which is nearly as good.
NB: WoSblog IS NOT A PROFESSIONAL FINANCIAL ADVISER.