The BBC has just lost one of its key journalists David Gordon.
It is a pity to see the appointment of the former editor of the Nolan show as top Stormont spin doctor become overshadowed by controversy.
He is well qualified for such a role. Indeed it is such an important post that I cannot see why he is being paid less than the average Spad at Stormont (and I continue to think that we should pay our politicians more).
I sat beside David at the Belfast Telegraph and can attest to his energy and calibre.
I find it reassuring that people as diverse as Martin McGuinness and Arlene Foster have been able to see beyond past times when he might have annoyed them.
I also agree with something David said on his elevation: that government needs space to make its case. There are hard decisions that need to be taken and explained to the public.
Many problems at Stormont stem from ducking them.
Ben Lowry (@BenLowry2) is News Letter deputy editor