When I covered employment and industrial relations for the Daily Telegraph in the first half of the 1990s there must've been 30 or 40 hacks doing similar jobs across Fleet Street and the airwaves. Now I can only think of three specialists: Christine Buckley on the Times, the FT's Andrew Taylor and the superb Alan Jones on the Press Association news agency.
Excellent. The fact that industrial strife had more or less been eliminated by the time Kevin left his post is a cause for celebration. And the fact that a couple of dozen lefty hacks - for they were virtually all on the left - moved on to other things too, is something I shan't lose much sleep over.
I spent several years dealing with various industrial correspondents between 1987 and 1994 and I can tell you that they were a complete shower. Maguire, it has to be said, was the exeception. When he worked for the Telegraph he kept his lefty sympathies to himself.
I can remember acting as the media spokesman for the port employers during the 1989 dock strike and encountering two industrial correspondents who were so pissed that they couldn't actually write their copy. I was only too delighted to dictate their stories, which duly appeared word for word in their papers the next day. It would never happen nowadays, of course. No Siree.