I have had a habit of spoiling my ballot paper in Euro-elections. I cannot abide having to vote for a party, all or nothing, rather than an individual. This year, though, I had a wobble. First, writing "I dont like this form of election" across your ballot paper isn't a particularly powerful way of showing yourself a Europhile (which I am). Second, if there is a big UKIP surge, then shouldn't one be putting one's vote solidly behind another party, if one wants to stop it?
So I was all ready to cast a vote this time, until -- as always -- I discovered that I wanted to vote for individuals in different party groups (Labour, Green and Lib Dem), but couldn't. So I went back to plan A and decided to write my usual message.
This wasn't before I had looked rather carefully at the ballot paper and assorted documents that had arrived through the post.