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Paul Stafford

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And so the ongoing saga behind the scenes at NI21 "headquarters " lingers on; bitching, backstabbing , rumours ...... and bad hair.

Can it be that NI21 leader Basil McCrea and deputy leader John McCallister have had their very public falling out over who has the better haircut  as sources very close their the "root" of the issue claim?

That Mr McCallister was said to be "hair envious" of Mr McCrea's floppy school boyish lustrous locks; so much so that he has been heard to utter the words "aye, him and his Peter Beardsley hairdo".

Basil McCrea 'lustrous'
Indeed the attacks have taken their toll on Basil's barnet as it now appears void of its former fullness and pomp and appears a little limp and tired. A reflection perhaps of his leadership itself. Mr McCallister even questioned whether Basil had abused his leadership responsibilities by appearing to over indulge himself in expensive volumising hair products so he would appear taller than his deputy in Public. Obviously Basil denies this insisting he's a wash and leave , er sorry go .... man.

But in a new twist to the hair wars Basil has hit back suggesting that it all started when they were both at home one morning watching their favourite TV programme "Mr Tumble ' and casually suggested that there was strong likeness between the children's TV Star and Mr McCallister ..... especially their similar looking cuddly child friendly haircuts. Needless to say relations have been strained ever since .

John McCallister takes a Tumble
The real question here is where do they go from here?

Obviously a "parting " of they ways is final, with few "highlights " to look back on.

But if history has taught us a thing or two about power , these two men will struggle ....

You only have to look at Mr Paisleys pristine quiff;

Elvis Paisley
Mr Adams early 70s Bee Gees Bouffant;

Bee Geesus

Even Martin McGuinness donned a Sly and the Family Stone style Afro on his road to Deputy First Minister;

Marty McSly & The Family Stone
And Peter Robinson a man who doesn't have his sorrows to seek with his wire brush barnet so often stuck in the "Evil Philip Schofield" style, still has a head of hair most men his age would envy .....

Evil Phillip Schofield
It is not bickering amongst themselves over whose "do " is "done" but to look over their shoulders at the great hair heroes of Stormont and reflect on the "condition " they now find themselves in .....

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