Our latest monthly survey can be taken here. It starts with a question about Conservative-UKIP pacts, but I’d like to say a few words about the third question, on Britain’s next EU Commissioner, because it requires a bit of explanation.
We have tried to strike a balance in this question between the possible (e.g. Baroness Stowell: an appointment from the Lords would get round a potentially tricky by-election), those whose names have been linked to the appointment (e.g. Andrew Mitchell), and those that might provoke enthusiasm from at least some of respondents (e.g. Daniel Hannan).
So we have in total, as well as Stowell, Mitchell and Hannan, a populist Conservative (Nadine Dorries), another Tory from the right (John Redwood), one from the left (Ken Clarke), someone very popular with the leadership (Karren Brady), a Euro-sceptic Labour MP (Gisela Stuart), Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage. Since a third of respondents supported a Conservative-UKIP pact when we last asked about it, it seems reasonable to chuck Farage’s name in the hat.
But we appreciate that the whole exercise is highly subjective which is why we leave a blank space for you to write your own name in if none of the above please you.
Again, here is the link to the survey.