We make it odds-on that Dominic Cummings fails to retain his position beyond the end of the coming week.
This means that having effectively given him a 50-50 chance of surviving on Saturday, we now go 5/6 that he won’t be in position on Monday 1st June, following the second Cummings of stories about his lockdown breaches.
They have also priced up when Cummings might next be seen in Durham, and don’t expect the BoJo whisperer to keep his (social) distance – it’s odds-on he’s back in Durham in June (1/2).
‘I came on your programme to talk about transport matters,’ says Shapps, ‘as my expertise lies in transport.’
‘Well since your expertise lies in transport, did Dominic Cummings stop off anywhere between London and Durham?’
— Jennifer Williams (@JenWilliamsMEN) May 24, 2020
But, with Cabinet going into bat for the man behind the lockdown rules – aka architect of his own demise – perhaps the future is rosy for Boris Johnson’s most senior adviser.
Paddy Power offer odds of:
- 5/1 he is named as godfather of Boris Johnson’s newborn son, Wilfred
- 50/1 he is granted the freedom of Durham (although, in his own head, he already has that)
- 100/1 that Cummings is knighted in the New Year’s Honours list. Because of course.
They make it 10/1 that Cummings releases a tell-all autobiography in 2021, while it is just 3/1 that he outlasts the Prime Minister in position.
Spokesman Paddy Power said: “I’d love to get on the cans with Dominic Cummings – the stories he must know about the cabinet would make for a great evening’s entertainment.
“And he might be free to do a few after-dinner speaking gigs soon, as we make it odds-on that Cummings is going by next Monday.”
Grant Shapps doing this press conference is the equivalent of Mourinho starting Luke Shaw against Brighton, knowing full well he's going to replace him at half time.
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) May 23, 2020
WILL CUMMINGS STILL BE IN POSITION ON JUNE 1st?
WHEN WILL CUMMINGS NEXT BE SEEN IN DURHAM
10/1 August or later
3/1 To outlast Boris Johnson in position
5/1 To be made godfather of Boris Johnson’s newborn child
5/1 To outlast Michael Gove in position
5/1 To outlast Matt Hancock in position
10/1 To release a tell-all autobiography in 2021
50/1 To be given the freedom of Durham
100/1 To be knighted in New Year’s Honours list
250/1 To leave his position to take up long-distance lorry driving