Politicians are often the butt of jokes.
We scrutinise them on a daily basis and often pick up on every little thing they say.
But what about behind closed doors? Would we go easier on them if we lived next door to one? It seems not. According to new research, a politician is the least desirable neighbour.
A survey of 2000 homeowners, by B&Q, has revealed the type of neighbours we would ideally like on our street and, it seems, unsurprisingly, a politician is the least popular. Over More than one-quarter of the nation would like two elderly couples and a young family on their street; over half would like a doctor and a nurse; and just under half would like a policeman and a vet.
The results have also exposed us as a shy and retiring nation as most would be highly embarrassed if they saw their neighbours sunbathing naked (43 percent), heard them having sex (42 percent) or even if their neighbours heard them having a row (22 percent).
As B&Q launches a website for neighbours to connect, www.streetclub.co.uk, the survey has also indicated what makes the ideal neighbour: waving hello, keeping the noise down and being considerate about parking are all key requirements. Four in 10 homeowners like their neighbours to sign for post while they are unavailable, one-third are grateful if next door puts their bins out on collection day for them and nearly one-fifth appreciate it if their neighbours lend them garden or home equipment to help them out around the house.