Chin up, Andrew Mitchell, chauffeur's aren't all they're cracked up to be, just ask P Diddy and the Queen
Status symbols don't come much bolder than being ferried around in a chauffeur-driven car. It's a sure-fire way to let everybody know that you are somebody. Just ask Andrew Mitchell who, before resigning last week for "swearing" at Downing Street police, had put in an order for a chauffeur-driven Jaguar XF, despite most ministers making do with a Toyota Prius. His replacement Chief Whip, Sir George Young, promptly cancelled the flash car, saving the taxpayer an estimated £100,000. Mitchell never got the driver he longed for, but he should take comfort from the fact that chauffeurs, while being an enviable perk of any job, can often be more trouble than they're worth.
The hip-hop mogul was left visibly shaken after his chauffeur-driven SUV collided with another vehicle in Beverly Hills on Wednesday, writing it off. It's unlikely the rapper will change his method of transport. His son Justin even received a $360,000 (£223,000) Maybach complete with chauffeur for his 16th birthday. Don't tell Andrew.
Having a chauffeur means you have to be careful with your private conversations (and definitely no talk of "plebs"). Earlier this year, after Jennifer Lopez's former chauffeur filed a suit against the singer for being demoted, she counter-sued, claiming he had threatened to release damaging and sensitive information he had allegedly overheard unless she paid him £1.79m.
Chauffeurs can pose a security risk, too. Poor Queenie was forced to fire her chauffeur after it was alleged that he had taken a £1000 bribe from undercover reporters posing as Middle Eastern businessmen to give them a guided tour of the Queen's fleet of cars.
Although they should be handy for making a dash from curious crowds, sometimes chauffeurs are no help whatsoever. When Kate Moss returned to her car once after running errands, being trailed by paparazzi, she found her driver taking a nap on the back seat. Fortunately for him she found the whole thing rather amusing.
Life & Style blogs
iPhone 5C could be killed next year, and Apple’s cheap and cheerful line might die with it
Girl, 7, gets Tesco to remove 'stupid' sign suggesting superheroes are 'for boys'
Coke milk? Coca-Cola to launch premium milk brand called Fairlife
Black Friday: Best fashion deals -online and on the high-street
UK's first plus-size fashion magazine Slink hits the shelves: 'Style doesn't stop at size 8'
Ukip says babies born to immigrants in the UK should be classed as migrants – which would include Nigel Farage’s own children
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by Ohio police
Rochester aftermath: Sacking of Emily Thornberry will make work of Labour MPs '10 times harder'
Ed Miliband's 'north London set' must be demolished to save Labour, say critics
Green Party Caroline Lucas interview: 'We could be on the edge of something very big'
- 1 Exodus Gods and Kings: Ridley Scott never considered casting 'Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such' in lead role
- 2 This letter from a reader explains why women can’t play football
- 3 'You should come to my house and eat cheeses with me': 4-year-old sends adorable love letter to girl at school
- 4 Scientists predict green energy revolution after incredible new graphene discoveries
- 5 Michael Buerk wishes he'd killed Jimmy Savile when he had the chance - by pushing him overboard a cruise ship
Excellent Salary: Austen Lloyd: SURREY MARKET TOWN - SENIOR PROPERTY SOLICITOR...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: What do you want to do with your career? Do yo...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This company is a leading expert in immunoassa...