Diary: The wrong qualm of the law

Lord Sugar favours a robust police response to riots and looting, or so he told ITV's This Morning following the recent unrest.

"I'm personally sick and tired of listening to this pussyfooting around," he said, his face wrinkling like an angry

testicle. "When I was a kid, a policeman was someone you looked up to and respected ... And that's all gone... because of the laws in Europe, or whatever it is, where everybody has to be treated, you know, with kid gloves."

Tough new laws need to be implemented to give the police more leeway, the Apprentice peer announced, before making a troubling admission: "I'm a member of the House of Lords, and I'm the first to admit that I don't understand how one gets new laws through." Might be worth finding out then, eh?

* The indomitable Kay "Hurly" Burley – soft-porn novelist, Sky News presenter and three-time recipient of What Satellite TV magazine's "Most Desirable Woman on TV" award – has hit back at commentators who criticise her for her looks and on-screen attire. "Those who, quite frankly, should know better, still feel it's completely acceptable to offer a view on my skin, my hair or my frock," Ms Burley tells She magazine. This column attempts, where possible, to focus on Ms Burley's work instead. For example, her claim on 11 September, 2001, that "the entire eastern seaboard of the United States" had been "decimated by a terrorist attack", which is now thought to have been inaccurate. A quick Twitter search during her post-riot coverage suggests she may have a point, however. Though some limit their judgements to her journalism (@lukeymoore: "Burley is an unintelligent, reactionary, low-quality broadcaster"), others do seem unaccountably preoccupied with her appearance (@Candy2802: "Kay Burley has a weird mouth. Fact").

* "Generally an audience is much more judgmental about the appearance of a woman on TV," Ms Burley goes on. "Would they be as disparaging about one of my male colleagues?" No, it appears they would not. For in yesterday's Telegraph, the comely columnist Bryony Gordon composed a love note to Sky's intrepid "Man in Clapham", Mark Stone, who famously confronted looters on cameraphone on Monday evening. "Beefcake, hunk, my hero," she gushed. "A Sky News reporter who makes Buzz Lightyear look like Postman Pat... [a] chiselled god of news." Sadly for Miss Gordon, Mr Stone is married – though her column has been warmly received by his fellow staffers at Sky, who now reportedly refer to him as "Chisel".

* Public service seems to run in the Hague family. The Foreign Secretary's father, 83-year-old Nigel Hague of Rotherham, is due to perform a charity skydive above Bridlington tomorrow on behalf of the NSPCC. Hague Snr has already raised £7,000 for the stunt, but this pales next to the £51,000 he generated when he climbed Scafell Pike in the Lake District two years ago. "At my age in order to raise a lot of money for charity, you have to do something different," he says. "I hope the weather holds out." Send us a picture, Nigel!

* As I noted yesterday, Justice Secretary Ken "the other Ken" Clarke doesn't much care for interruptions when he's on his hols. His automated out-of-office response to emails (urgent or otherwise) unhelpfully informed recipients that his inbox was "closed" from 20 July to 5 September. So it's little wonder he was a touch befuddled to be back for the post-riot recall of Parliament. According to sources, Clarke arrived at Downing Street in his ministerial car yesterday, only to check his folder and realise he was supposed to be at the Cabinet Office instead. He told his driver he could walk there instead, and promptly shuffled off.

* The Kate Moss wedding album, photographed by Mario Testino, has finally been published in the US edition of Vogue. One image, taken at the celebrity-packed reception, reveals that Naomi Campbell, Sir Philip Green and David Walliams were all seated at the same table.

Oh, to have been a fly in the soup.

highstreetken@independent.co.uk

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

Recruitment Genius: Office Manager

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: Have you been doing a brilliant job in an admi...

Surrey County Council: Senior Project Officer (Fixed Term to Feb 2019)

£26,498 - £31,556: Surrey County Council: We are looking for an outgoing, conf...

Recruitment Genius: Interim Head of HR

£50000 - £60000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you an innovative, senior H...

Recruitment Genius: Human Resources and Payroll Administrator

£20000 - £22000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Our client, a very well respect...

Day In a Page

Homeless Veterans campaign: Donations hit record-breaking £1m target after £300,000 gift from Lloyds Bank

Homeless Veterans campaign

Donations hit record-breaking £1m target after huge gift from Lloyds Bank
8 best workout DVDs

8 best workout DVDs

If your 'New Year new you' regime hasn’t lasted beyond February, why not try working out from home?
War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable
Living with Alzheimer's: What is it really like to be diagnosed with early-onset dementia?

What is it like to live with Alzheimer's?

Depicting early-onset Alzheimer's, the film 'Still Alice' had a profound effect on Joy Watson, who lives with the illness. She tells Kate Hilpern how she's coped with the diagnosis
The Internet of Things: Meet the British salesman who gave real-world items a virtual life

Setting in motion the Internet of Things

British salesman Kevin Ashton gave real-world items a virtual life
Election 2015: Latest polling reveals Tories and Labour on course to win the same number of seats - with the SNP holding the balance of power

Election 2015: A dead heat between Mr Bean and Dick Dastardly!

Lord Ashcroft reveals latest polling – and which character voters associate with each leader
Audiences queue up for 'true stories told live' as cult competition The Moth goes global

Cult competition The Moth goes global

The non-profit 'slam storytelling' competition was founded in 1997 by the novelist George Dawes Green and has seen Malcolm Gladwell, Salman Rushdie and Molly Ringwald all take their turn at the mic
Pakistani women come out fighting: A hard-hitting play focuses on female Muslim boxers

Pakistani women come out fighting

Hard-hitting new play 'No Guts, No Heart, No Glory' focuses on female Muslim boxers
Leonora Carrington transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star

Surreal deal: Leonora Carrington

The artist transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star
LGBT History Month: Pupils discuss topics from Sappho to same-sex marriage

Education: LGBT History Month

Pupils have been discussing topics from Sappho to same-sex marriage
11 best gel eyeliners

Go bold this season: 11 best gel eyeliners

Use an ink pot eyeliner to go bold on the eyes with this season's feline flicked winged liner
Cricket World Cup 2015: Tournament runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

Cricket World Cup runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

The tournament has reached its halfway mark and scores of 300 and amazing catches abound. One thing never changes, though – everyone loves beating England
Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Heptathlete ready to jump at first major title

Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Ready to jump at first major title

After her 2014 was ruined by injury, 21-year-old Briton is leading pentathlete going into this week’s European Indoors. Now she intends to turn form into gold
Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin