Harriet Harman’s oddly personal (but nonetheless amusing) attack on Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander, whom she called a “ginger rodent”, has generated a minor storm for which she’s been forced to apologise.
Some commentators have been highlighting the hypocrisy of a life-long champion of equality mocking a man for a physical trait. Others like Mike Smithson have suggested that Labour might have lost the ginger vote (because we all know ginger people all vote in a block.) However not content to stand on the sidelines and chuckle the SNP rolled out comely redhead Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP to condemn the remark as “anti Scottish”:
“Scotland probably has the highest proportion of redheads in the world”
Perhaps the SNP would do well to heed the wisdom of Napoleon Bonaparte:
Never interrupt your enemy while he’s making a mistake.