I don't like to see anyone lose their job.
I'm finding it hard though to shed too many tears for journalist Damian Thompson who left the Daily Telegraph yesterday.
A few months ago the paper's (former) blog editor was involved in a heated exchange of tweets with Chris Snowdon.
It began with Thompson expressing support for a post summarised by the headline:
When Snowdon took issue with this he was taunted by Thompson who dismissed his argument by tweeting:
You sound like those Forest people.
Back came Snowdon:
Those Forest people have long warned that there was a slippery slope leading to exactly this kind of nonsense. They were mocked.
To which Thompson replied:
Countless people now living would be dead from smoking if Forest had had its way.
How crass and sanctimonious is that?
Now he's left, his departure marked by this tweet:
Announcement: I've left the Telegraph in an entirely amicable parting of the ways. That's all for now, but watch this space, dudes :)
Dudes? The man is 52.
PS. To read the full Thompson-Snowdon exchange on Twitter click here.