We wonder if, when Andy Kershaw's mum, Eileen, spoke to the Daily Mail she knew that her motherly concern would be embedded in such a spitefully worded piece as turned up in the paper.
Eileen talks like a worried mother:
"He has lost a shocking amount of weight and looks skeletal. He is a wreck and very disturbed. I am afraid of what he might do, especially if people give up on him.
"He simply will not accept the relationship with Juliette is over and is suffering from a broken heart.
"I never believed such a thing existed before - but that is exactly what has happened."
The Mail, however, sees the story more as a parable about pride coming before a fall - presumably Kershaw's politics making him ripe for a kicking, even when he's on the ground already:
Today, the evocative picture he painted of Peel as a haven of open-door, crime-free, yob-free family life has been well and truly shattered. And it's largely his fault.
It's a desperately sad story; it's even sadder that the Mail felt unable to tell it without introducing an element of crowing.