Hi Steve, thanks for your response. Glad to read that you are well. I have to say that the first thing that stood out for me is your description of Greg Lance Watkins as 'wickedly accurate'. I think the first two syllables sufficed in your description of GLW but no matter. Judging by your links to Watkins' Ison blog and your description of it, would it be possible that you may be a source for this blog?
Anyway, I think IUKIP is on the nose with his statements on Watkins. To read of Watkins' 'grooming' of people who have fallen out with UKIP is actually as sad as it is infuriating. Seeing how people like John West and Justin Adams have had their lives ruined and then casually discarded by Watkins is absolutely maddening. Anyway, it would appear to that Colin Denby could be the latest person to be groomed by Watkins - there is an almost tedious inevitability to that relationship ever since Denby left UKIP.
Going back to smoking for a moment, I can understand why people are so in favour of the ban because of examples you've provided. One downside to the smoking ban has been that pubs now smell absolutely awful - my own local in the village was completely re-fitted after the ban came in but they cannot get rid of the stench of the old days. Personally, if there were signs in pub windows that said 'You may smoke here', I could live with that - it might cause me to walk past said pub but I like having a choice. Its certainly better than the current situation where one will inevitably have to slalom through the 'snoutcasts' before one even gets into a pub.