Now largely neglected by students' unions and left-wing councils, the former ANC leader has become the icon of bookmakers all over England after the massive losses of punters who voted on him dying during the last few weeks, and there is already talk of naming a chain of betting shops after him.
“Until a month ago, the Queen Mum, God bless her, was my heroine”, said bookmaker Alf Moyes, of Whitechapel. “From around 1980 on, she was a nice little money spinner, in and out of hospital with this and that every few months or so, and people queueing up to bet on her pegging out”.
Among Alf's other heroes are Lord Denning and Prince Philip, although he laments that the latter will never reach his full potential as a source of revenue. “Punters are wary of Royals after the Queen Mother fiasco”, he explained.