Sadly, this was no scoop - Mr Francis was the second journalist to comment on the same story. David Brindle from The Guardian had mentioned it in introducing me just the week before at a Social Care event at St Stephen's Club.
Flattering though the attention was, it must have been a very slow news week Paul!
The acid test, of course, was how such high profile gilt-edged coverage would upwardly affect the readership of my blogsite. With a growing sense of anticipation, I opened up my "Stats" file earlier today...
Absolutely no additional readership at all! Maybe I should take Paul's advice and comment on George Sampson and "Britain's Got Talent" next time?