It seems the BBC is determined to get rid of or sideline anyone in news and current affairs who errs on the wrong side of creeping deference to the present administration. First Victoria Derbyshire, now Andrew Neil.

No wonder Auntie is running out of friends, even among many erstwhile cheerleaders.

But there is even worse news for lawyers. Legal Affairs Correspondent and qualified barrister Clive Coleman is leaving – and the Gazette understands he will not be replaced. The brief is set to be subsumed by the generalist home affairs team.

Obiter can only assume there isn’t much going on in the law and justice to justify a specialist reporter.