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Fantastic news - our people-powered pubs campaign has defeated the government!
On Tuesday night, the government was forced to pass a law which bans pub companies from charging their landlords rip-off rents.  This was an unfair practice which squeezed the pennies of our local pub landlords while those at the top of pub chains made huge profits.
It's great news for our pubs - and proves that people-power works. Over 45,000 signed a petition calling for an end to the Great British Pub Scandal - then over 2500 of us emailed our MPs to make sure they voted the right way. And they did.
But it wasn't an easy win - up until the last minute it looked like MPs would vote the wrong way. Then they u-turned - and this doesn’t happen often. In fact, Tuesday's vote was the government's first defeat on one of their bills since the coalition formed in 2010. 
This proves just how powerful we are together. The government was on the side of giant corporations, until we spoke up. Thank you for being a part of this amazing victory for our pubs.
 Mirror: Pub landlords given fair deal after Coalition beaten by MPs revolt:
 Daily Mail: Cameron left humiliated after MPs defeat Government in bid to end scandal of 'rip off prices for beer':
Rest of the weekend was good, haven't updated in a couple of days, or so it feels. Clare and Harry went to gymnastics while I stayed home with Tommy. While he slept I got some little jobs about the place done, some housework and fixing some of the boys toys that have been on my todo pile for a while. Then I did some gardening while they all went to Dobbies in Ashford, did the lawn, cleaned up the garden toys ready to put away, and cut down the overgrown creeping bush thing in the back garden. Does not really look much better now but I feel I achieved something.
Next I'm going to try the remote control unit that Tommy broke by throwing down the stairs...
Tomorrow is 2nd anniversary of The Firkin being open. Today 12 - 4pm, first drink is on the house, hope to see plenty of you there.— Neil King (@firkinalehouse) November 16, 2014
We had lunch at Pizza Express at the outlet centre, very nice but very busy. Then drove across Ashford to John Lewis and spent a few hours just browsing, then had a lovely tea break in their cafe, then came home. Spent a lot less money than I might have done, a very successful day I would say...
I should be in bed, but I'm up watching Psycho on TV. It's quite good.
Harry had a great week, 10/10 in his spellings again, my little genius. He had a superhero tag day today, for Children In Need, he was superman. Was too cold and windy and wet to take a picture on the way into school though, and I didn't think of it until the last minute, doh...