Done up like a kipper
On a visit to another country, which must remain nameless in the interests of political correctness, leading legislators were accused of pursuing "kipper policies". That is, they are "gutless, spineless, two-faced and stink".
Just as well we live in Scotland. "Works hard, could do better" was the best that Terry Brothersone, of the Association of University Teachers in Aberdeen, could throw at former student Lewis McDonald, now Deputy Lifelong Learning Minister.