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Nicholas Leonard: The real worry for Cameron is that 'hackgate' is here to stay

Published 25/07/2011 | 05:00

If you want to see just how far and how fast the reputation of British Prime Minister David Cameron has collapsed this month, you only need to look at the odds quoted by the bookmakers on the chances of him being the next minister to be ousted from the coalition cabinet.

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A mere three weeks ago you could have got 150/1 against this happening. Last week the odds tumbled to just 4/1 as the pressure on Cameron over his embarrassingly close links with Rupert Murdoch and the phone hacking scandal at News International intensified.

The chances are that Cameron, at least for the moment, will survive. The current odds-on favourite to be next minister through the Goodbye and Good Riddance exit at Number 10 is the Liberal Democrat Chris Huhne, who is still struggling to extricate himself from damaging accusations by his estranged wife about a speeding offence.

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