In praise of … short back and sides | Editorial

Might nervous Nick Buckles have been just a little less sheepish if he had not been sporting another tail on the back of his head?

Buckles buckled in front of MPs on Tuesday, and the head of G4S confessed that his company’s handling of Olympic security was shambolic. Nervous Nick’s tail was between his legs, but might he have been just a little less sheepish if he had not been sporting another tail on the back of his head? Alastair Campbell warned Mr Buckles that if he wanted to survive, he would have to clean up his look; in the event, he did run a brush through his mop, but failed to take the extra step down to the barber’s for a No 3 round the back and sides. The contrite CEO may not have elevated the mullet to the heights of Pat Sharp or Steve Coogan’s Paul Calf, but a hirsute hint is enough to suggest a man about to hawk a timeshare that isn’t quite what it seems. Still, it could all turn out for the best if his disastrous turn speeds a trim to Buckles’s £830,000 salary or G4S’s £57m “management fee” – the haircut that’s really required.


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