When betting is beyond his Ken

On 13 March, after Ken Livingstone had declared his independent candidature, Charlie Whelan (Racing Card) asserted that "I still have my money on Dobbo". On 15 May, Whelan claims that "some did have Frank Dobson favourite for a few days when, like me, they naively believed Ken when he said he would never run as an independent". Amazing how rapidly history can be rewritten when an ego is involved.

Jim Young
Wincanton, Somerset

This article first appeared in the 22 May 2000 issue of the New Statesman, Hacking their way to a fortune