It always seems to happen to me. On Saturday night the Nigel Hastilow story was breaking just as I arrived to do the News 24 paper review. I could have just ignored it and covered other stories I suppose, but that would have been a bit gutless so I decided to talk about the future of Sir Ian Blair first (he hasn't got one) and Hastilow second.
But what to say? Anyone who had actually read what he said would have been hard pressed to find anything racist in his comments. His error was to be slightly ambiguous in agreeing with Enoch Powell that immigration had "irrevocably" changed Britain. If he had then gone on to talk about the many benefits of immigration he might have escaped. But he didn't.
The trouble is that Mr Hastilow had "form" in shouting his mouth off. In 2001 he made some outrageous comments about William Hague.
I said on News 24 that Mr Hastilow's fate lay at least partly in the hands of the media. If the story was still running 24 hours later he'd be toast. And so it proved.
The Party acted quickly and Caroline Spelman summoned him for a meeting yesterday . Whether he jumped or was pushed is immaterial. The fact is he is gone. There will be two side effects from this. Firstly it sends a signal to all candidates that their public utterances will be scrutinised as closely as those of MPs, and secondly it may well inhibit them from saying anything at all which can be considered as deviating even slightly from the party line. If that is indeed the effect, it may well give CCHQ fewer sleepless nights, but it will mean we are developing a factory line of androgynous politicians.