LABOUR’S deputy leader Harriet Harman sparked a storm yesterday, when she said men were to blame for the financial crisis. <br /><br />Harman, who is in charge at Downing Street while Prime Minister Gordon Brown takes his annual holiday, said a higher preponderance of male bankers was responsible for the downturn. <br /><br />She made the comments after sparking controversy over the weekend, when she said a woman should hold of one Labour’s top jobs, as men “cannot be left to run things on their own”, a view that earnt derision from some in the party, including former deputy leader John Prescott. <br /><br />Yesterday Harman said she was defending her views on equality and repeated a call to increase the number of women in bank boardrooms. <br /><br />“Somebody did say... that if it had been Lehman sisters rather than Lehman Brothers then there may not have been as much of a downturn,” Harman said when pressed on her opinions.