First the EU came up with an energy strategy so utterly away-with-the-fairies, so holistically fantastical and so completely unrelated to anything remotely achievable that one suspects it was the work of some adolescent wunderkind from the Berlaymont who had been weaned off his Lithium. Europe would be powered by the Sun and the wind, it stated; we must all throw away our coal-fired power stations and build bloody windmills across the continent.
Then came Labour. The party that destroyed the economy, realising that windmills can't vote, preferred to throw money at GPs, Council bosses, fake charities, Common Purpose members and anyone who could, with the result that although they'd complied with closing the coal-fired power stations, they'd put nothing else in place.
In 2010 the situation was reversible. Just. The Conservatives could have reversed the closure programme, declared a dependence on windmills as nuts and secured the immediate letting of construction contracts for new nuclear at the existing nuclear sites. But they failed to act and even promoted more bloody windmills to be built at great cost by their chums.
So this Winter we face power blackouts - an advanced Western nation without any fuel shortages, with some of the highest electricity bills in Europe, with an advanced distribution network in good condition. And if we get power blackouts, some of the very vulnerable - the young, the old - will die. And it will be the fault of those unelected clowns in Brussels, Blair and Brown and that Stupid Boy.