I've heard plenty of theories about why the smoking ban was brought in, including that it was done to close down local pubs and make lessen the administrative workload at our tax offices (apparently the big chains like Weatherspoons knew about it early and got geared up to serve food). Personally, I think it's more to do with EU pressure, just like many other laws. Last I heard the Dutch had it about right though, apparently you can still smoke inside so long as it's in a separate room with no food or drink being served. That way, customers can smoke if they choose but employees aren't forced to be around it. OT, I think I saw this or another discussion like this on Titchmarsh not that long ago. I didn't watch it back then because it made my blood boil, and I've officially banned the douche from our TV. As others have said, ITV have gone down. I remember their news coverage of a big protest a few months back (can't remember which off the top of my head) and they were completely biased towards the law enforcement while the protesters you could see on screen were almost all completely civilised and even one of their cameramen was being overly aggressively treated by police officers. I don't think there is anything that I watch now on ITV, it only really goes on for the other half's shows.