Potential new centrist party revealed to be a betting scam

Image of several bets, including 'A new centrist party actually forming' - the odds of which are 20,000 to 1
John Shafthauer

A group of allegedly rebellious MPs are once more threatening to set up a new centrist party. As such, any reasonable journalist would ask:

Okay. You’ve actually told us this 43 times, now – do you think you’ll go through with it this time?

The Observer said:

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Okie dokie – let us put that on the front page for you.

But is something else afoot?

Scam 

Some thought talks of a new centrist party were the work of a hoax caller – one who preyed on the Guardian writers’ wishful thinking and lack of curiosity. Other pointed out these stories usually come out at the weekend; possibly because Chris Leslie cuts loose on Friday nights and drunk-calls anyone who’ll listen.

The truth has now been revealed anyway. It turns out the whole thing is a betting scam. As one bookie told us:

I kept noticing this shifty looking guy coming in and placing bets on a new centrist party. Every time the party never actually materialised, the odds went up. They’re up to 20,000,000/1 now, and that’s when I realised – the guy who kept coming in – it was Chuka Umunna. Obviously we’ve suspended all bets in response.

Busted

A spokesperson from the centrists has now said:

Yes, it was all a scam. Obviously there’s no need for a new centrist party. No need whatsoever. As such, we will now return to what we do best – drumming up noise about everything other than our actual politics.

In other news, a man who bet on the centrist party never actually forming has won 75p from a £10 bet.

Featured image via John Shafthauer / Graeme Maclean – Wikimedia

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