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:…
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