Hey everyone! We live in a northern European country. Our capital city is on the same latitude – further north, actually – than Kiev and Prague. Our mainland’s northernmost parts are up there with Newfoundland and the Norwegian fjords. You might not have noticed this.
But now that you have, can we all agree that “wearing a jumper indoors” is not the greatest hardship in winter?
I feel I should mention this because Ed Miliband, the Labour leader, has just said: “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’s responding to a statement by David Cameron’s official spokesman saying that “people may wish to consider” wearing jumpers indoors if their heating bills are too high.
Whatever you think about Labour’s energy price freezes or Cameron’s own suggestion that people ought to leave British Gas because they’ve put their prices up too high, I find it baffling that people think it is a human right to be able to walk around in a T-shirt and shorts in their house when sparrows are falling frozen from the sky outside.
No doubt Miliband is right that we’re in a cost of living crisis, and that heating bills are one of the key issues there. And yes, we of course have to take fuel poverty and the risk to vulnerable elderly people seriously. But for God’s sake, don’t get all high-horsey about a perfectly sensible suggestion that, in winter, in a country that’s only 550 miles south of the Arctic circle, it might be worth thinking about wrapping up a bit warm every so often.
Also, stop saying “hard-working people” all the time.