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Domestic Policy

A call for a radical alteration of the legal penalties for alcohol and drug related crime, in addition to prison sentences for serious crimes and replacing prison sentences for non-serious crimes; the report proposes compulsory placement of offenders on a programme which tests daily for excessive drug and alcohol levels and imposes an immediate 24 hour prison sentence if offenders fail the test.

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A proposal to levy a £5 surgery fee for each GP appointment, on the German model, with exemptions for certain disadvantaged groups, and to levy a fine on patients who do not attend appointments at GP surgeries or hospital outpatient departments, to raise awareness of the cost of appointments, reduce non-attendance and discourage unnecessary GP visits.

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A proposal for British cities to emulate Berlin’s success in regenerating abandoned areas, by funding cultural regeneration activities, by giving special incentives such as reduced tax rates to investments in the area, and by reducing regulation on the spontaneous creation of youth-culture areas including graffiti zones and skate parks.

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An assessment of the demand-side and supply-side measures that could be taken to improve the capacity and reliability of Britain’s energy network, proposing compulsory smart meters by 2014, the introduction of a carbon tax, the extension of the life of coal-burning plants until 2020 and consumer awareness campaigns on efficient energy use.

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With the aims of creating a more civilised drinking culture and reviving the pub as a centre of community life, this proposes the reduction of the drinking age for beer and wine in pubs, restaurants and bars to 16, and that this consumption be subject to a very low rate of tax; while the purchase of alcohol, particularly spirits, from off-licences should be highly taxed with a legal minimum age of 18 rigidly enforced.

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