The Prime Minister David Cameron today hailed the success of a pilot scheme designed to help people with soaring electricity bills.
The scheme trialled across the south and east of England involved ushering in strong winds to take down power cables and disrupt gas supplies, leaving some people without power for up to three days. In a statement, Mr Cameron said that the time without supplies was "an indication of how this government is on the side of hard-working families".
"We recognise that above-inflation rises in energy bills is a real hardship", the Prime Minister continued, "and this recent action shows that we're prepared to take the tough decisions while the leader of the opposition plays schoolboy politics with his idea of a price freeze".
The pilot scheme will be assessed, but early indications are that it will be rolled out across the country in the medium term.