Hmmm. The results are in on the BBC's fantasy government survey. Mandela probably deserves to be "most popular politician in the world", but I think the overall team selected would be pretty lousy compared to my choice.
OK, so I'm a megalomaniac. But I think the BBC's poll shows what's wrong with popularity contests.
Mandela and Clinton? Both capable figureheads, but you don't need two. Chomsky (who I admire, but an anarchist in world government?) As the BBC rightly highlights ... no women!
And, apart from Chomsky, no thinkers either. Kofi Annan seems a strange choice to me, though interestingly his inclusion means there are three black Africans in the selection. No Asians though. The only economist is technocrat Alan Greenspan. And what exactly might we expect from both Bill Gates and Steve Jobs working together?