Government will switch off your lights for you.

The point about "smart" meters, Booker tells us, is that they do not only enable us consumers to keep tabs on our electricity use. Their primary purpose is to enable suppliers to exercise remote control over how much electricity we use, and when we use it. 

The Government revealed the concept, although not the intent, in a 2009 pamphlet, which tells us that the devices would "allow some appliances to be turned on and off for short periods automatically and remotely".

The reason this "demand management" is necessary in the EU scheme of things is that the supply of electricuty from the windmills that it wants to see covering Europe are unpredictably intermittent, and cannot guarantee power when it is needed. 

The answer the EU's technocrats dream of, as we see from the Bornholm pilot project for a "European supergrid", is that they can use "smart" meters to micro-manage the power we receive, right down to their ability to switch off whole categories of electricity use in our homes when there is insufficient power in the grid (what they call "intelligent" control of household appliances, such as dishwashers or televisions). 

But the windmills can also produce electricity when there is no demand – the so-called "wrong time" electricity. This is where electric cars come in.

The idea of the EU grand designers is that we shall all be charging up our car batteries at night, to soak up the surplus power generated by windmills at times when demand is low. This will keep the grid stable without needing to balance it from "carbon" emitting gas and coal-fired power stations. 

There, as we noted earlier, is the "green paradigm": shortages of essential commodities are engineered, forcing up prices artificially, which are then rationed out on price, driving down consumption to bring supply and demand back in balance. No longer is meeting demand a priority – demand must be managed to match the supply available. 

All this, says Booker, is so fiendishly ingenious that one suspects Mr Cameron has been talked into promoting it without any real idea of what he has got caught up in.