I'm irritated at an entirely cynical play to the "give the government a kicking" idea, no matter how much they might deserve it. Europe was only very briefly mentioned near the end of the broadcast, and even that only to mention a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, which is a Westminster decision. I've some idealistic principle which says that people should be encouraged to vote on the issues that are within the remit of those they're voting for.
Actually, I'm also irritated that it takes so long to dig around and find any information either at a personal or party level for the European elections. After lot of searching for stuff, I eventually found BOND (British Overseas NGOs for Development) have a list of contact details for all candidates from the at least reasonably major parties, including candidates' web sites where available.
- Conservative's own list of all candidates
- Lib Dem's Eastern England candidates
- Labour's rather unhelpful list or you can buy more details for £100
- Green Party, Eastern Region
- The list for the rather peculiar "Jury Team" in Eastern England
Wikipedia's page mentions others, but I can't be bothered with giving details for BNP, English Democrat(s), UKIP, UK First (UKIP splitters party) or NO2EU (this year's hard left alliance, this time with a strong europhobic slant).
So, at some point I'll do my best to review the information available and come to a personal conclusion on how to vote (admittedly, informed strongly by previous decisions)