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Home Secretary's horrors
Jon Sopel
Jon Sopel
Presenter
The Politics Show

This week we are wallowing in drink. But then who is not?

Jacqui Smith
Home Secretary to reveal latest plans to tackle serious violence

You cannot pick up a paper or turn on the TV without binge drinkers and booze Britain being blamed for the nation's ills.

In this week alone graphic tales of a clubber slashed, a father murdered, and a teenager left for dead - and at their heart, we are told, alcohol.

But as police chiefs warn Britain to "wake up" to the full horrors caused by lager cheaper than water, we ask the Home Secretary Jacqui Smith whether cheap booze really does cause increased crime.

And she will reveal the Government's latest plans to tackle serious violence - enough perhaps to make the streets safe enough for her to walk at night?

Also

Direct democracy and the return of the soapbox

Later this month Speaker's Corner will be spreading out from its traditional Hyde Park home as politicians try to engage with their constituents in the fields, halls and open spaces near you.

The comedian Eddie Izzard is backing the scheme - he predicts it will be great news for village idiots everywhere - and tells us what, given half a chance, would be his chosen soapbox topic.

The Chancellor Alistair Darling
Chancellor Darling faces criticism on tax u-turn

Chancellor's woes

And if bad news tends to come in threes, the Chancellor Alistair Darling might be advised to look away now.

Already accused this week of performing his second embarrassing tax U-turn after just half a year at the helm (first capital gains, now the non-doms proposals), he stands just one short of the complete Bad News set.

Ever helpful, we will focus on the next tax policy that is being tipped to haunt him.

It has already prompted a backlash from accountants, tax experts and opposition politicians alike.

We will reveal what has got them all riled on Sunday, 12 noon.

See you then, calculators at the ready...

The Politics Show on Sunday 17 February at 12:00 GMT on BBC One.



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