Miliband's energy plans put him in a 'Marxist universe', Cameron says
Prime Minister David Cameron has told Labour leader Ed Miliband he lives in a "Marxist universe" because of his plan to freeze energy prices if elected in 2015.
During prime minister's questions on 9 October 2013, Mr Miliband claimed his proposal of freezing prices for 20 months after the general election would benefit 27 million households across the country.
Mr Miliband said: "What is clear is that you are floundering around and you have no answer to Labour's energy price freeze. You didn't even defend your own policy, which won't benefit 90% of the country. You have no idea."
The prime minister responded: "There is one thing governments can't control and that is the international wholesale price of gas.
"I know you would like to live in some sort of Marxist universe where you can control all of these things but you need a basic lesson in economics."
Earlier in the exchange, the leader of the opposition wished the prime minister a happy birthday. He went on to accuse him of vacillating on energy policy and asked him to say whether a price freeze would be "a good idea or a communist plot".
Mr Cameron rejoined, "I'll leave the communist plots to him," before saying: "Let me tell you the best birthday present I could have - the shadow chancellor staying in the shadow cabinet."
Labour would freeze gas and electricity bills for every home and business in the UK for 20 months if it wins the 2015 election, Ed Miliband has said.
The big energy firms would be split up and governed by a new tougher regulator - a move Labour says will save the average household £120 and business £1,800 - and will cost the energy giants £4.5bn.
Energy companies have said the policy could lead to power shortages, and jeopardise investment and jobs.