Those of us of a certain age will recall watching Sooty
on television early on Saturday evenings. (Sooty is the small, yellow, intelligent-looking guy second from the bottom). Well, an opinion poll
has placed Sooty fourth as the people's choice for head of state. The Queen comes in as our first preference but poor old Tony Blair is an unlucky number thirteen. Apparently, "Sooty won votes because, as a puppet, he was perceived as being more honest than politicians." As a puppet
! Surely, Sooty is real; it's the politicians who are the puppets.