A senior aide to the Prime Minister admitted that his plan to shake off his dour image and prove he had a sense of humour by authorising the creation of animal-human freak creatures has backfired.
"Initially the PM thought it was a real goer, chortling that nobody could accuse anyone of lacking a sense of humour who'd OK'ed scientists to make a baby with an otters head. He even suggested we could have a conga line of little dogs with babies heads singing at the next party conference."
However following a backlash of criticism comparing him to Dr Frankenstein and branding his plan "monstrous", "hideous" and "grotesque" the Prime Minister has hastily backtracked, claiming he never intended anything more that a gradual phasing in of bats ears onto youngsters, staged over a 5 year period.
The initial absence of criticism has been blamed on Catholics who had given up rage for Lent but are now free to blast the dour Scottish leader with Papacy sanctioned anger of a level normally only reserved for third world sorts who insist on using condoms to avoid getting AIDS.