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PMQs sketch: Cameron is a buffoon who might as well eat his own manifesto

At PMQs today, the Tories’s energy policy went bi-polar. The Conservatives now seem to touch both extremes of the debate. For eight years they’ve presented themselves as a gang of happy tree-huggers who applaud every green subsidy going. But today David Cameron announced his plan to ‘roll back some of the green regulations and charges’.

John Major started it all. Yesterday he lurched back into front-line politics by suggesting that energy companies should pay a windfall tax this winter. Otherwise, he said, the poor will have to choose between starving or freezing to death. Number 10 called this bombshell ‘interesting’.

Ed Miliband asked David Cameron if John Major was now a Marxist. ‘Has he been claimed by the red peril?’ smirked the Labour leader.

Cameron stood up, to indignant jeers, and said that he too favoured intervening in the energy market. He wanted consumers on the lowest tariff. He wanted more competition too. And more players in the market. And he called for a ‘frank conversation’ about levies and regulations.

‘He really is changing his policy every day of the week,’ said Miliband.

Cameron tried to blame the Labour government for slapping eco-levies on our bills. A likely tale. The Tories have been devout windmill-worshippers for years.

Miliband recalled Cameron’s advice last week when he told customers to change suppliers even when bills are going up in unison, like a the legs of a chorus line.

Still a good idea?

Yes, said Cameron. Switch and you can save £200 a year.

That made Cameron look silly. He looked even sillier when he repeated his plan to ‘get to grips with green regulations.’

Nick Clegg beside him was already suffering a power failure.

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