How to vote in the Euro-elections? No-one with any democratic or socialist instincts will fail to vote, since abstentions automatically increase the fascist BNP's percentage of the vote and increase the BNP's chances of winning a seat. But we cannot be satisfied with the advice of many anti-fascist campaigners just to vote for any of the mainstream parties - Tories, Lib-Dem, Labour, Green, whatever.
In Scotland we will vote for the list of the Scottish Socialist Party, which is standing on a joint "European Anti-Capitalist Left" platform also supported by the NPA (Nouveau Parti Anti-capitaliste) in France and other parties.
Despite the SSP's continuing drift towards putting Scottish-nationalist concerns first, the SSP candidates will represent a socialistic, worker-based challenge.
Elsewhere in Britain, the high costs - around £100,000 for any sort of serious campaign just in one euro-region - have ruled out any slates from the activist left... until such time as we can win many more members and much larger funds.
So we will vote Labour, in the absence of working-class socialist candidates.
We want to see the unions back more genuinely worker-based lists than the Labour ones; but for the unions to see our socialist stance as one which amounts to letting the BNP or Tories make gains just because we are sitting on our hands will not help that cause of working-class representation.
The big unions are still attached to Labour. Over the last 15 years and more, the link has been weakened and blocked until today it amounts to little more than the unions giving Labour money. But the certainty that the current huge economic crisis will mean political convulsions means that we cannot rule out the possibility that developments will move sharply off the straight-line track of those 15 years. At some next turn in the road the big unions may be pushed into moving to regain at least something like the "old Labour" level of real voice in the Labour Party.
Voting Labour remains the "default" option for keeping out the BNP and the Tories, though we can understand and sympathise with those who vote Green in regions where the Green MEPs or candidates are left-wing.
We cannot recommend a vote for the "No2EU" lists. We do not agree with their message - we insist that capital, not the EU, is responsible for job cuts, privatisations, etc.; we positively support workers being able to move freely across EU borders - and the lists do not have an organic link with working-class organisation such as might make us vote for them out of solidarity despite disagreement with the message.