Regardless of what else happens at the polling stations and in postal votes this week, one need shines out above all others - to stop the BNP.
Their attempts to portray themselves as a mainstream party have been blown out of the water by some brave journalists and many more activists and bloggers spreading the word. Their leaflets have been shown to be a lie, containing words from people who don't exist, ripped from photo archives to represent 'ordinary' voters when they are nothing of the sort. Their leader has been shown to be a weasel who has tried to hide the racism and prejudice of his party. Their activists have been shown to be thugs and criminals.
They have clung to the wreckage and bleated about 'freedom of speech' when their own values are so opposed to freedom it's disgusting. They have whined about conspiracies when all there has been has been a conspiracy of good, ordinary decent people against a hateful, nasty, spiteful little bunch of fascist toerags who deserve nothing but contempt. They have complained that they are 'mainstream' while refusing to allow membership or rights to those whose ethnicity can't be tied down to a set of stringent whites-only criteria.
There's more to do. They're still out leafleting and spreading their lying message of hatred and fear to those they think might vote for them - the poor, the unemployed, the fed-up, the redundant. Now is the time to ensure those messages are countered at every turn - to make it clear that voting BNP isn't a protest vote, but an assault on democracy.
No matter how much our leaders have damaged their credibility by their venal expenses culture, their troughing at taxpayers' expense and their general ignorance of why on earth people might actually be a bit fed up about the whole business, snottily countering that their plundering of tax pounds was 'within the rules', this is no time to turn to the BNP - nor any other party pushing a ban on immigration, even if they do pretend that it isn't racist. This is a time to vote for someone you do believe in. Putting an X next to anyone who doesn't stand for hatred is not a pat on the back for the status quo - it's our duty as voters and citizens to try and ensure the voices of prejudice don't get their way, because that would damage democracy even further.
We've learned a lot over the past few weeks. We've learned the BNP are twats. We've learned that they're ridiculous, and can be comically amateurish and cack-handed when it comes to presentation. We've learned that there are just about enough decent journalists still knocking about to say to hell with trying to treat racists with kid gloves.
But for all the fun we've had in a shared endeavour against the forces of prejudice and hatred, now comes the serious bit. Let's annihilate the fuckers at the ballot box. Just one Euro MP for them would be one too many, and would be a national disgrace. We can make sure it doesn't happen.