The UK Telegraph reports:
As a former Equalities Minister who was dedicated to helping minority groups, Harriet Harman perhaps should have known better.
But in an outspoken attack, the Labour Deputy Leader yesterday called Danny Alexander a “ginger rodent”. …
Delegates at Labour’s Scottish conference could barely conceal their shock as Ms Harman, who is known for her strict adherence to politically correct views, turned her fire on the Chief Secretary to the Treasury in the least correct way imaginable, mocking his red hair and comparing him to a squirrel. …
She said there was then “incredulity” at seeing Mr Alexander, an MP from the north of Scotland, becoming “the frontman for the Tory cuts”.
“Now, many of us in the Labour Party are conservationists and we all love the red squirrel,” Ms Harman said. “But there is one ginger rodent which we never want to see again in the Highlands – Danny Alexander.”
Red squirrels are cute. It is very unfair to them, to compare a politician to one.