Disillusioned at the June 2009 elections, I moaned at the local landlord about the current options available. We concluded people may prefer a new party, one they can relate to, a party with a meaningful manifesto. The Pub Party.
Rather than allow the supermarkets to sell 3 litre bottles of 12% cider to kids at a huge loss (for those kids to go out and cause trouble on the streets), it shall be an offence to not charge the customer at least the duty component of the cost. Why should shoppers be subsidising street fighting?
It used to be frequently said that all public houses must provide water on demand. To assist with hangover-management and help good health generally, any establishment that sells alcohol for consumption on the premises (be it pub, wine bar, restaurant) shall, on demand, provide free drinking water from the tap (not bottled water unless the establishment itself so chooses) for any paying customer or member of a group with a paying customer, for consumption on the premises.
Unless a magistrate's court says otherwise, any alcohol licence will be 24x7. It will be entirely up to the licence holder what hours they do open.
Small businesses (including independent pubs, small breweries, small British vineyards, small distillers, home-brew shops, etc.) have a disproportionate burden on their tax management. The tax system for small businesses will be simplified such that the majority of small business owners can complete their tax returns correctly by themselves without recourse to paying others to understand the paperwork for them.
To bring the UK into line with the rest of Europe, no licence will be required for incidental live music.
Instead of the ongoing and duplicitous announcements of just 1p or 2p increases on items in each budget, the government will have to say from how much and to how much the duty will rise on tobacco, fuel and alcohol-related items.