The coalition government has led to a huge rise in the popularity of ventriloquism - with Nick Clegg ventriloquist dolls flying off the shelves.
'Ventriloquism is back in fashion,' says Archie Drew, of the Ventriloquists Association. 'And it's all thanks to the coalition government. The general public has taken to the Cameron Clegg performance and there's a lot of interest in other ventriloquist acts. We can't keep up with the demand for Nick Clegg dolls.'
Mr Drew said that the current Clegg tour of the country was the most ambitious show since Lembit Opik's shoe.
But deputy-prime minister Nick Clegg robustly denied that ventriloquism had anything to do with the coalition.
'I'm completely my own man,' he said, his words slightly out of synch with his lips.