Yours sincerely, STEVEN FORD Haydon Bridge, Northumberland 14 DecemberReuse content
From Dr Steven Ford Sir: Populist appeals for a referendum are a refuge for truculent politicians (Letters, 14 December). A more valuable exercise would be the quarterly polling of a large sample of the population on a range of current issues. This wouldbe a means of assessing the public mood and the changes in sentiment, and could form a reasonable basis for moulding government intentions. At the least, a government would not have the fig leaf of ignorance of public feeling and would be better placed to explain the necessity, as it saw it, of scorning popular opinion.