It was only yesterday that I wrote this:
Even BBC political correspondents need a holiday, so let's be charitable and assume that's the reason why Norman Smith, the BBC's anti-Tory Correspondent, has been missing from the Today programme's airwaves throughout the National Insurance debate of the last few days.
Well, it seems I was being too charitable.
The third most important story in the world, according to the home page of the BBC News website, is Gay B&B remark sparks row. When you click into the article, guess who's back?
Yes, Norman Smith:
The BBC's political correspondent Norman Smith said Mr Grayling's stance "put him at odds with the law".So he wasn't on holiday after all, just lying low (like Michael Crick) to avoid having to report bad news for Labour (as here over NI).
The BBC's Norman Smith said it was "awkward and embarrassing" for the shadow home secretary, who would have to enforce equality legislation should the Conservatives win the election.
That's a lesson for me: Never give the BBC the benefit of the doubt!