V is for VERITAS - the anti-EU, anti-immigration party formed by Robert Kilroy-Silk after his breakaway from the UK Independence Party.
It is fielding 62 candidates - against UKIP's 488 - and has some distinctive policies, including a completely flat 22 per cent rate of income tax.
But what should we make of the name, Veritas - Latin, or pretentious, for 'truth'? Its almost commonest usage is in the Latin phrase veritas odium parit (truth begets hatred), which, given Kilroy's notorious attacks on limb-amputating, women-repressing Arabs, and " VOCIFEROUS MUSLIMS", seems almost too self-revealing.
There was a similarlynamed party in the 1970s, the VECTIS NATIONAL PARTY, which sought for the Isle of Wight (Vectis in Latin) the same self-governing status as the Isle of Man, arguing that the ancient kingdom's sovereignty had been sold unconstitutionally to the English Crown in 1293.
Vectis could almost be a car marque, like VAUXHALL, VOLVO, and VW, all of which market researchers say give clues as to how their owners vote. Volvos are up there with the Mercs, Beamers, Saabs and - John Prescott notwithstanding - Jags, being driven overwhelmingly by Conservatives.
VWs are right in the political centre, while Vauxhalls, along with Daewoos, Kias, Protons and Fiats, are staunchly Labour, which might justify cabinet ministers' most popular choice of official car being a VAUXHALL OMEGA - were they not made in Germany.
W is for WOMEN - of whom there are unlikely to be many more in the next Parliament than the 119 (18 per cent) in the last one.
WESTMINSTER is put to shame by the WORLD RECORD 50 per cent WOMEN MEMBERS of the WELSH ASSEMBLY. Female Labour MPs should increase in number after Thursday, thanks to the party's selection by WOMEN-ONLY SHORT LISTS, but disappointingly few Conservative and Lib Dem women candidates are in realistically winnable seats.
The WOMEN'S VOTE in Britain traditionally benefited the Conservatives, although the gender gap has diminished in recent elections, and in 2001 the proportions of men and women voting for the major parties were almost identical.
These figures, though, concealed big differences across age groups, with younger women being much more supportive of Labour than young men, and older women being much more Conservative.
There are some striking differences in what the two sexes are likely to vote about, with twice as many women as men ranking health and education among their most important issues, and half as many ranking the economy, immigration and Iraq.
Finally a note of WISTFUL NOSTALGIA, as W is also for WINDOW POSTERS.
One of the many fine things about living in Birmingham is that, thanks to the energies of party activists in clambering up lampposts, we are always reminded when elections are in progress.
Window posters, however, have very largely disappeared, along with large-scale party membership and identification.
Elections are diminished as a result.