Sunday 4 December 2016

Donald Trump's victory proves that what really matters is... the economy, stupid

The result has not turned politics on its head, but has affirmed some basic truths about elections

Eilis O'Hanlon

Published 13/11/2016 | 02:30

60 Minutes: Sitting, from left, Donald Trump, his wife Melania and daughter Ivanka. Standing, Tiffany, Donald John and Eric Trump. Photo: Chris Albert/CBS
60 Minutes: Sitting, from left, Donald Trump, his wife Melania and daughter Ivanka. Standing, Tiffany, Donald John and Eric Trump. Photo: Chris Albert/CBS

Two men from Essex, England, once won more than £500,000 by betting on there being a hole-in-one in upcoming golf tournaments.

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The strategy was based on pinpointing an event that is comparatively common, but which is widely perceived to be rare, even by bookmakers. Holes-in-one happen regularly. We just don't think they do.

The widespread dismay in certain circles at the result of the American election is an example of the opposite phenomenon.

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