THEY have become the odd couple of British politics.
One is probably the most trenchant Unionist ever to set foot in the House of Commons and the other is a politician who has dedicated his career to breaking up the United Kingdom.
But Ian Paisley and Alex Salmond can't help getting on.
The first ministers of Northern Ireland and Scotland met again yesterday, their third meeting since last year's election. They emerged praising each other, smiling at each other's jokes and declaring how well they got on.
Ironically over the years that "trenchant Unionist" Paisley has probably done more damage to the Union than his separatist second best mate.
And the Dodgy Ulster Party and the SNP have also been working together for quite a while:
According to Mr Swinney, Mr Paisley's Democratic Unionist Party and Mr Salmond's SNP found they had to work together, particularly after the 1997 election, to make sure their voices were heard.
They formed a loose pact, agreeing to fight for each other's interests to be heard, in return for reciprocal support.
Mr Swinney said: "They are both outsiders. They were both in small parties in the Commons but are now in positions of power. They have a lot in common."
First and foremost:
"Ian Paisley is a Northern Irish patriot," said Kevin Pringle, Mr Salmond's spokesman.
Well whether that is true or not, he’s proven time and time again that he's certainly not a British one.