It's nice to see that so many people have decided to get all the pissing and bitching out of their systems during the festival - it will save a lot of time when the exact same smoking ban is introduced in England and Wales in the near future.
It is important to realise that it is not the same ban, especially when one considers the furore over Mel Smith's principled (almost) stand against the rewriting of history.
There is, in fact, a crucial difference between the Scottish smoking ban and everywhere else.
Every other country—Ireland, the US, etc.—has exemptions for stage and screen. Ireland allows herbal cigarettes (why? What's the fucking difference? Smoke is smoke, isn't it?) and the US allows smoking onstage (as long as you have warning signs in the foyer). The ban in England and Wales will still allow people to smoke on stage and on film sets; the exact details have not yet been worked out, but the principal has been set.
Scotland does not allow any of these. The private member's Bill (SNP, natch) under which the ban was introduced specifically says that there is to be no exemptions, not even on the grounds of authenticity.
This is not the same smoking ban as anywhere else: it is far more draconian. And it is, at least partly, because of shit like this, and the authoritarian state that Scotland is becoming, that I want to leave.
And I am going to send a long letter to Jack "pug-faced moron" McConnell telling him precisely why. Although I may abridge it to
You and your Executive are a bunch of fascist cunts and I hope that every single one of you dies in pain. Soon. Fuck you.
But I may be more eloquent...