The Security Minister, Lord West I see has been named as the Minister who bet against Gordon Brown winning an overall majority during his summer bounce when he initially took office. Some will remember that West got slapped down in November 2007 and made a U-Turn on terror saying,
"Being a simple sailor not a politician maybe I didn't choose my words well...Maybe my choice of words wasn't very clever."Methinks though he is no longer a simple sailor and is a politician given the way he has denied the betting story saying,
"I have never placed a bet at all while a minister ever on a political issue."Note the words "while a minister"? Lord West became a Lord in July 2007 and has been a minister, specifically, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Security and Counter-terrorism at the Home Office since August 2007 according to Theyworkforyou.com.
Plenty of time to place a bet and still be within the boundaries of the non-denial denial no? Simple sailor he is no more! A very clever choice of words.
UPDATE: It has been noted in the comments that West became a minister on 29th June 2007. I'm not sure that is correct. He was announced as a minister on that date, but he did not become a Lord until the 9th July, so he cannot have officially been a minister in June. Announcing someone in an office and them officially taking that office are not the same thing. Much like when you get told you've got a job but you don't officially have it until you actually start doing it. Hence, a clever choice of words.