The full horror of election fever' is sweeping the land but it was still a surprise to see TB greeting delegates as they arrived at ECR Europe in Glasgow. Even more surprising was the rather dodgy company he was keeping. Tony' and 40 chums were protesting against global capitalism, and obviously viewed delegates as the very personification of evil. It may have provided M&S boss Luc Vandevelde with some useful practice however. He told delegates that he was due to meet with the 3,000 demonstrators protesting against his plan to close the M&S stores in Europe ­ roughly the same number of people as attend one of his company's agms and a similar size audience as in the SECC in Glasgow. "I only address two conferences of this size," said Vandevelde. "Let me tell you they are very different experiences." {{COUNTERPOINT }}