Being able to air your opinions publicly is a rare privilege.
It is one that I have enjoyed for more than 40 years in The News (it was called the Portsmouth Evening News when I started!)
However, this column is my last. As my 65th birthday beckons, life now has other priorities.
If I’ve managed to keep just a few of you mildly entertained over the years, then I’m glad.
However, if I’ve managed to enrage some of you to the point of demanding editors sack me (Peter Mandelson tried it once) the pleasure’s been all mine.
No columnist wants (or expects) to be liked or admired. To be read is the only reward we seek.
So thank you for your time – and goodbye.