The main elements of the package are: If all the proposals come to fruition then they greatly help the struggling pub sector, where closures continue at the rate of 40 a week. CAMRA will certainly keep the pressure on after the election to ensure that whoever is in power commits themselves to implementing the plan or something very like it.

P.S. Of course, any government genuinely serious about wanting to help pubs wouldn’t, the very next week, slap a 5% increase on beer duty in its Budget. This means that beer duty has gone up by an eye-watering 25% in just two years. A 10% hike on cider duty just makes things worse.