There now seems to be a growing consensus on this across the political spectrum. Gordon Brown still has the chance to ditch the scheme as an unwanted hangover of the Blair years, and given their own stance on it the Tories would be unable to criticise him for doing so, as they undoubtedly would if he attempted to reverse other aspects of the Blair legacy.
The full results of the poll, listing the ideas in order of popularity, were as follows:
- Scrapping ID card scheme 79pc
- Four-year fixed-term Parliaments 53pc
- Abolition of the Barnett Formula 52pc
- Referendum on EU Reform Treaty 51pc
- Fully-elected House of Lords 49pc
- Proportional representation 48pc
- Cap on party funding 35pc
- More action to combat inequality 34pc
- Full year's maternity pay 14pc
- Immediate end to airport expansion 14pc
The level of support for abolishing the Barnett Formula is scarcely surprising, given who the author of this blog is, but the degree of backing for other enthusiasms of mine such as fixed-term Parliaments and PR is encouraging.