to roll all politicians up together - the elections on Thursday are for MEPs and are nothing to do with our national government - other than the fact that the candidates are standing under party banners.
The European parliament may be a gravy train, but as far as I know there have so far been no allegations of expense fiddling by UK members.
Saying that people have condoned something by not speaking out about it is often the refuge of someone who doesn't fully understand the facts - you probably know about people who break a rule or two, but do you speak out against them? Probably not, and are you therefore condoning rule-breaking?
The decision to spoil a ballot paper is a personal thing, please don't urge others to do it, just because you've decided it's a way of expressing 'disrespect' for the situation. Others may may different choices, but I intend to vote for someone I think will make a good job of representing our interests in Brussels, rather than spoiling a ballot paper and thereby voting for nothing.