Freddy Gray 13 July 2019 9:00 AM 13 July 2019 9:00 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp It seems a fitting end to an ill-fated premiership. As Theresa May prepares to leave No. 10, a major quarrel erupts between her government and its most powerful ally, the United States of America. Leaked diplomatic cables show Sir Kim Darroch, the British ambassador in Washington, calling President Donald Trump ‘inept’, ‘insecure’ and ‘uniquely dysfunctional’. The funny thing is, the words in his memo are just as applicable to Theresa May’s leadership. Within days, Sir Kim resigns. But every diplomatic crisis is a political opportunity, as President Donald Trump well understands. He even spelled this out in one of his Twitter rants. ‘The good news for the wonderful United Kingdom is that they will soon have a new Prime Minister.’ The message is clear: forget Sir Kim’s indiscretions. Trump wants … [Read more...] about Can Boris Johnson make Anglo-American relations great again?
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The simple rules to remember that can make your journey easier and safer when driving in the wet With forecasters predicting a wet and stormy Christmas getaway, the prospect of driving in heavy rain is rearing its head once again for many in Britain. For many, it's a daunting task, and no wonder – rain not only reduces visibility, but also the amount of grip your car has, increasing stopping distances. But drive along a motorway in heavy weather, and it’s clear that for others, the opposite is true; many of Britain’s motorists are so over-confident in rain that they barely modify their driving style to suit, if at all. That's why we’ve put together a guide to driving safely in wet weather. If you find rain scary when you’re on the road, then following these key pointers will help you stay safe. And even if you’re confident in the rain, have a read through, and check you’re driving as safely as you could be. Drive only if … [Read more...] about How to stay safe when driving in the rain
Annalise Johnstone’s brother was today cleared of killing his 22-year-old sister by repeatedly slashing her throat from ear to ear with a Stanley knife. A jury at the High Court in Livingston found a murder charge against Jordan Johnstone, 25, not proven. He had denied cutting his sibling’s throat at the Maggie Wall’s witch’s memorial near Dunning, Perthshire , on 10 May last year. The unemployed builder had denied committing what the prosecution described as the “ghastly” crime. The jury heard that Annalise’s horrific injuries would have caused her death within minutes as a result of massive blood loss. A pathologist said the deep gashes in her neck which severed the main arteries and blood vessels to the brain and caused her to choke on her own blood were “unsurvivable”. During a week-long trial at the High Court in Livingston, the jury was shown cctv footage from a private house showing car headlights and … [Read more...] about Brother accused of murdering sister at witch memorial cleared
Motoring by Press Association 02/05/2019, 3:59 pm Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter What is it? What’s in a name? Well, when it comes to the new Ford Ranger Raptor, quite a lot. It just sounds good, doesn’t it? Ford has jam-packed its new range-topping pick-up with top-notch off-road tech to ensure it’s as capable on the rough stuff as possible, and more than able to live up to that rather evocative nameplate, too. It’s also accompanied by a punchy new diesel engine, and a list of standard equipment which far eclipses that found on any of the ‘standard’ variations of the Ranger. We’ve headed out to Morocco to see how it gets on. What’s new? The Raptor has been developed by Ford Performance, which is behind some of the firm’s best performance-orientated models – as you’d expect, given the name. It means that though the Raptor shares its platform with the regular Ranger, it’s … [Read more...] about First Drive: Ford’s Ranger Raptor adds bite to a solid pick-up
Motoring by Press Association 29/03/2019, 10:54 am Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter What is it? We’ve already tested the TT in basic form, but now we’re getting behind the wheel of the more powerful, sharpened TT S version. This third-generation car has been pitched against the mighty Porsche 718 Cayman, a car which, despite criticism for its turbocharged four-cylinder engine, has been famed for its driver involvement and excellent balance. But can it take on one of Stuttgart’s finest, and can it be worthy of a sizeable £45,000 base price? What’s new? The TT S sits in the middle of the range, above the base car but underneath the more powerful TT RS. It means it gets plenty of on-board equipment, and this TT S Roadster also gets a convertible top for exploiting all of Britain’s traditionally excellent weather. A smattering of TT S badges help to separate this from ‘regular’ models, as does a … [Read more...] about UK Drive: A refresh brings zest to the Audi TT S Roadster