There’s a possible solution here:
Let us be frank. If thousands of people were dying needlessly each year in affluent neighbourhoods and suburbs, wouldn’t this be treated as a national emergency, and wouldn’t action have been taken sooner?
Poverty kills: this isn’t hyperbole, but fact. Some 10% of the total deaths, significantly more than 3,000, are directly linked to fuel poverty itself. These are older people – perhaps those who survived war, and who helped build the country – dying of cold because they don’t have the money to pay their energy bills.
One solution would be to stop making energy more expensive by ever greater Green lunacies.
Another would be to deal with climate change in the efficient manner – a carbon tax rather than allowing the idiots to try and plan stuff – as the Stern Review itself advised.
Possibly we might take the regulatory brakes off economic growth so that no one is so poor as to be unable to afford even that more expensive energy.
The small point I want to make here being that it ain’t true that the answer to everything is more tax and redistribution. Sometimes it’s just better government, even less of it. Hard as it may be for Owen Jones to grasp that concept.