Bookies have given a 50/50 chance that terms such as quantitative easing and infrastructure will feature in this afternoon's budget, according to latest betting odds.
Ladbrokes has given even odds at 1/1 on the words ‘motorways' and ‘quantitative easing' cropping up in Chancellor George Osborne's 2012 Budget statement, with the word ‘toll' featuring at 2/1.
For those who like a more esoteric flutter, bookies are giving odds on the colour of the Chancellor's tie, the number of sips of water he will take during the statement and whether justice secretary Ken Clarke will fall asleep.
A purple or a blue tie are currently odds on favourite at 2/1 with zero sips of water the favourite on the drinking front at 2/1. Clarke falling asleep is at 3/1.
50/50 chance quantitative easing will get Budget mention
At longer odds, Ladbrokes is offering 20/1 on Osborne downing a glass in one, 33/1 on the Chancellor wearing a white tie for the statement and 50/1 on Osborne producing a 50p coin from his pocket.
The 50p issue, based on rumours Osborne will cut the top rate of tax from the current rate of 50p to 45p, is also odds on to crop up with William Hill offering 2/7 the 50p tax rate is done away with.
Punters with a spare 50p could place it on special bets.
The odds on business secretary Vince Cable shaking his head in disagreement when Osborne is talking are 5/1. The Chancellor uttering the word ‘booze' is 20/1, ‘fags' is at 25/1 and iPad is also 25/1.
Punters can also bet on which hand they think Osborne will hoist the red briefcase with 1/5 odds on it being the right hand and 3/1 on it being the left hand.
For those who think Osborne has put in a good performance this afternoon, there's also the chance to capitalise on his future political career; William Hill is offering 14/1 on him becoming the next prime minister.
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