Energy prices

  • David Cameron at Prime Minister’s Questions – Hansard, 17 Oct 2012
  • Energy bills row: Cameron clarifies his surprise announcement – The Spectator, 18 Oct 2012

At PMQs yesterday, David Cameron said:

“We have encouraged people to switch, which is one of the best ways to get energy bills down. I can announce… that we will be legislating so that energy companies have to give the lowest tariff to their customers.”

However, he quickly had to backtrack on his announcement, today saying:

“I want to be on the side of hard-pressed, hard-working families who often struggle to pay energy bills. That’s what I said in the House of Commons yesterday. We’re going to use the forthcoming legislation, the energy bill, coming up this year so that we make sure, we ensure that customers get the lowest tariffs. That’s what we’re going to do.”

Which is, as The Spectator points out, different to what he said in the Commons yesterday – yet another u-turn from our gaffe-prone, light on detail prime minister.

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