For as long as I can remember, people have wanted to tell me something they knew for certain about Cliff Richard's personal life.
So one shouldn't be surprised that in the present mood of public hysteria the police have decided to have a tilt at this highly public figure.
I am not sure, though, that we can be proud about what is happening. Someone in the police or social services tipped off the media and the cameras were already waiting when the police arrived to search his flat in Berkshire.
Do not forget that this is a man who has not even been interviewed by the police, much less cautioned or charged, much less sent for trial, much less found guilty.
The law must take its course, but I think we are only just now beginning to learn that people who have been in the public eye, who rely for their living on being in the public eye, can be ruined without being guilty, and ruined by the very media which gave them the publicity.
The Daily Mail giveth and the Daily Mail taketh away.