Darling, Darling….

Chancellor Alistair Darling\’s bid to portray himself as a consumers\’ champion over soaring energy bills has back-fired spectacularly, with power companies revealing that higher Treasury taxes account for almost 50pc of last weeks\’ rise in household energy bills.

One of the arts of politics is to make sure that when you start grandstanding no one can cut you off at the knees quite this quickly. The lawyer trying to run our economy doesn\’t seem to have quite grasped this yet.

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