Ukip vows to roll back pub smoking ban in Scotland
Ukip has launched its Scottish manifesto by pledging to allow smoking in pubs, raise the drink-driving limit, and provide 30 minutes of free parking in all town centres.
What I find surprising about this is that it’s not just a Guardian headline, but also a Morning Advertiser headline. Why is this suddenly newsworthy when UKIP’s policy has always been to roll back smoking bans?
I read the Guardian article looking for the usual tut-tutting, but found none. There weren’t even any hissing and screeching antismoking professionals condemning UKIP.
Or does it simply mark a shift in UKIP’s presentation? Perhaps they’ve discovered that their anti-smoking ban policy is more popular than they realise (after all, it’s the main reason I vote UKIP), and have decided that they’re going to headline it themselves?
Lunch with the FT: Nigel Farage
‘I am what I am,’ says the Ukip leader over six pints, a bottle of wine and two glasses of port…
…Before we can finish our port, our host brings us a complimentary top-up. Farage is outside for another cigarette. He has a new set of admirers: the old boys’ rugby team from Dulwich College are drinking port from a silver ladle. Soon Farage has a ladle of port in one hand, and his glass of port in the other.
Judging by this interview, Nigel Farage spends as much time outside pubs as inside.
Here’s UKIP’s Scottish manifesto.
Completely OT novelty, Vladimir Putin speaking English: