Miliband on Cameron's energy policy: "wear a hoodie"

Labour leader says Cameron has gone from "hug a hoodie" to "wear a hoodie" after Downing Street suggests consumers should consider wearing jumpers to reduce their energy bills.

After Ed Davey rather unwisely suggested on Newsnight that hard-pressed consumers should wear jumpers to keep their energy bills down, David Cameron's spokesman said today: "He [Cameron] is not going to prescribe the actions that individuals should take but if people are giving that advice that is something that people may wish to consider."

That line has prompted the amusing riposte from Ed Miliband that Cameron has gone from "hug a hoodie" to "wear a hoodie". 

With its patronising comments, No. 10 gifted the Labour leader an open goal - and he didn't miss. 

David Cameron yesterday described the rise in prices at British Gas as "disappointing". 
Today Downing Street tells people to consider wearing jumpers to keep warm.
Their crime policy used to be ‘hug a hoodie’. Now their energy policy appears to be ‘wear a hoodie’.
These responses to the energy price rises show how little Mr Cameron and his government stand up for the interests of hard working people.
He has no grip on the cost of living crisis and he seems to think the solution to this crisis is nothing to do with him.

Energy bills are already up by an average £300 since he took office. The price hikes we are seeing point to a market that isn't working for consumers. 

Yet his solution to this market failure was to tell people to shop around and dress warmly. 

Ed Miliband at the Labour conference in Brighton last month. Photograph: Getty Images.

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.

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“Trembling, shaking / Oh, my heart is aching”: the EU out campaign song will give you chills

But not in a good way.

You know the story. Some old guys with vague dreams of empire want Britain to leave the European Union. They’ve been kicking up such a big fuss over the past few years that the government is letting the public decide.

And what is it that sways a largely politically indifferent electorate? Strikes hope in their hearts for a mildly less bureaucratic yet dangerously human rights-free future? An anthem, of course!

Originally by Carly You’re so Vain Simon, this is the song the Leave.EU campaign (Nigel Farage’s chosen group) has chosen. It is performed by the singer Antonia Suñer, for whom freedom from the technofederalists couldn’t come any suñer.

Here are the lyrics, of which your mole has done a close reading. But essentially it’s just nature imagery with fascist undertones and some heartburn.

"Let the river run

"Let all the dreamers

"Wake the nation.

"Come, the new Jerusalem."

Don’t use a river metaphor in anything political, unless you actively want to evoke Enoch Powell. Also, Jerusalem? That’s a bit... strong, isn’t it? Heavy connotations of being a little bit too Englandy.

"Silver cities rise,

"The morning lights,

"The streets that meet them,

"And sirens call them on

"With a song."

Sirens and streets. Doesn’t sound like a wholly un-authoritarian view of the UK’s EU-free future to me.

"It’s asking for the taking,

"Trembling, shaking,

"Oh, my heart is aching."

A reference to the elderly nature of many of the UK’s eurosceptics, perhaps?

"We’re coming to the edge,

"Running on the water,

"Coming through the fog,

"Your sons and daughters."

I feel like this is something to do with the hosepipe ban.

"We the great and small,

"Stand on a star,

"And blaze a trail of desire,

"Through the dark’ning dawn."

Everyone will have to speak this kind of English in the new Jerusalem, m'lady, oft with shorten’d words which will leave you feeling cringéd.

"It’s asking for the taking.

"Come run with me now,

"The sky is the colour of blue,

"You’ve never even seen,

"In the eyes of your lover."

I think this means: no one has ever loved anyone with the same colour eyes as the EU flag.

I'm a mole, innit.