The Leeds Trade Council May Day march this year was much bigger and a lot livelier than it had been for many years. Young UK Uncut activists, and fresher trade unionists, outnumbered the ageing Stalinist stalwarts.
Glasgow also had an improved turnout. Even so, the numbers, 400 in Leeds and 3000 in Glasgow, were modest.
Generally, across the country, turnouts remained around the poor levels of recent years, showing that the revitalisation of Trades Councils necessary for vigorous rank-and-file-level coordination between different unions against the coalition government cuts has not yet got anywhere near the level it needs to reach.
London's turnout of maybe four thousand was dominated by Stalinist political-exile groups, as it has generally been in recent years. The Financial Times was able, without gross falsification, to "cover" the march by printing a picture of a large portrait of Stalin being carried by marchers.
One conclusion for the left in London: next year we should come with large, visible, and explicit anti-Stalinist banners.