So, it seems the government might want to slow down a little the decline of the pub. The swingeing cuts (did I miss a letter there?) have backed off a little. George ‘Bunter’ Osborne has announced the big news of the budget for beer: “ ‘A planned 3p rise in beer duty has been scrapped and replaced by a 1p cut in the price of a pint.’” This may mean Max can still afford a Doom Bar when he washes up on these shores. If Piggy Cameron hasn’t drunk it all.