A Scottish university professor has demanded the government tax green energy projects such as off-shore wind farms.
The so-called 'green' energy is free once the infrastructure is created and Professor Tommy McKnife claims that reducing the cost of electricity will mean the poor, the unemployed and one parent mothers will be able to afford proper heating.
It has been an aim of the recently deceased Labour government to ensure only the most wealthy can afford heating in their homes; pensioners and other low income groups have been told to buy more woolly jumpers.
The problem of poor people getting access to electricity follows determined attempts to remove such people from the road to ensure the upper classes don't get caught in traffic jams; but such measures as the London Road Tax and toll motorways have not reduced the numbers of poor people driving. Even the hike in fuel tax designed to hit the poorest has had little effect.
Another target is to stop the poor having a drink by introducing swinging increases in the cost of alcohol.
A government source said that if all these measures to keep the lower classes in their place doesn't work then tax increases and redundancies for the lowest paid will need to be implemented.