I joined the BBC's devolution unit in 1979 from university, becoming Scottish political correspondent in 1987. In the 1990s I moved to London and was a member of the Lobby for nearly ten years writing for various national newspapers and presenting BBC network programmes. I returned in 1999 with the creation of the Scottish parliament to help launch the Sunday Herald. I'm still here.
One of the prime casualties of 2012 was the BBC's reputation as a solid and dependable institution devoted to nature documentaries and unbiassed news. It was revealed as a demented bureaucracy, run by a management of grasping kleptocrats, harbouring sex criminals and using public money to defame innocent pensioners by calling them paedophiles.
John Swinney, the Scottish Finance Secretary, was ridiculed by the House of Lords economic committee on Tuesday for trying to argue that an independent Scotland would be able to remain in the EU because it would still be part of the UK when the negotiations took place. The "last refuge of the scoundrel" sneered one Peer. "Doesn't know what he's talking about," said another.
George Osborne's admission that his austerity policies will last at least until 2018 has led to much anguish and soul-searching as the Great Recession, as it has been called, slides into a Great Depression.
It's bad. No point denying it. Britain's slump has already lasted longer than in the 1930s, though the impact has been disguised by falling unemployment figures. However, this is largely because millions of people are now working part-time in dead-end jobs with no security and no future.
Editors are jostling to be the first in the clink if the Government moves to introduce press regulation. Already, the editor of the Spectator, Fraser Nelson, has said he will not comply with any such statutory body, and is prepared to suffer the consequences – which could mean spending a few months at Her Majesty’s Pleasure. Other hacks are promising to desert print for the internet, where it is thought the Leveson Laws will not apply.
At First Minister's Questions, Salmond had said repeatedly that further education spending had increased when it had actually fallen. A humbled First Minister returned to the debating chamber later that afternoon to apologise for misleading Parliament. "Ding, dong!", said Henry.
The Head of Vision who didn't see his own programmes, Twitter or, apparently, the Guardian newspaper, which on Friday revealed that Newsnight had falsely alleged that a senior Conservative politician from the Thatcher era had been a paedophile.
Entwistle had only been director general of the BBC for 54 days, but the corporation will never be the same again.