Tuesday, August 08, 2006
We shall Fight Them on the Beaches and in The Assembly Rooms
Congratulations to Mel Smith for sticking two fingers up at Nanny's extremist government in Scotland, and refusing to put out his cigar on stage.
Mel is playing Winston Churchill during the Edinburgh Fringe, as such he is required to smoke a cigar on stage.
There is one small problem with this, Nanny's chums in the People's Republic of Scotland have banned smoking on stage.
As such the Assembly Rooms, where the play "Allegiance" is being performed, risk being fined £5K and losing their licence.
In the true spirit of Churchill, Smith and his fellow thespians (can I say thespian on a public site?) have stuck two fingers up at Nanny and have vowed to carry on regardless.
As Smith wry quipped:
"Hitler would have been proud of the smoking ban."
Indeed it should not be forgotten that Hitler didn't smoke, or drink and was a vegetarian.
Those of you wishing to join Mel's protest against Nanny, should pop along to watch the play; Allegiance: Winston Churchill and Michael Collins, Assembly Rooms (0131-226 2428), until August 13, 11am.