What I find astonishing about personal number plates is how anyone - anyone at all - could ever consider them to be even the remotest bit classy. Does it speak of good taste and cool and general suavity to have forked out four figures for your initials to be set next to some random numbers?
Nick Hewer must wonder what he's done wrong. Where exactly is his title? A couple of honorary degrees from the universities of Ulster and Kingston - a polytechnic until 1992 - simply don't cut it compared to his ennobled colleagues.