As so often at recent PMQs, Jeremy Corbyn gratefully accepted the gift provided to him to by Boris Johnson. The Foreign Secretary, Corbyn noted, had used an “Anglo Saxon term” to “make his point” (“fuck business”) – did the Prime Minister agree? Theresa May replied that the Labour leader “can either back business or he can want to overthrow capitalism – he can’t do both”. But when pressed by Corbyn to rule out a “no-deal Brexit” (which would be an epic act of economic self-harm), the Prime Minister refused to do so. Though, as the EU knows, the government has no intention of leaving without an agreement, May’s recalcitrant MPs mean she is unable to state this truth. The PM later chided Corbyn for refusing to support Heathrow expansion (unlike, she noted, Unite general secretary Len McCluskey). But Johnson again provided the Labour leader with ample ammunition: “The Foreign Secretary didn’t … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlight PMQs review: Jeremy Corbyn paints the Tories as the anti-business party
I meet Hugo and Fiona outside our car park in Victoria. They’re clearly ‘car people’ – their own ride is an Audi A2 3L, a rare low-drag, low-emission version of the little German supermini. It was one of the most efficient cars of its day and the fact that it was never available in the UK, let alone in right-hand-drive, hasn’t stopped fans of green tech getting their hands on them. I’d happily write a feature on this and its close relative, the Volkswagen Lupo 3L, but I’m more interested in the car that pulls up behind. It’s like nothing else on the road and is already stopping traffic as people slow down to look. Hugo and Fiona are from Riversimple, which builds the Rasa, a small, newt-like vehicle which could become a crucial building block in the future of clean mobility. Truthfully, I’ve wanted to drive this since I saw it on static display years ago. There’s something about it that just seems so neat, both … [Read more...] about Riversimple Rasa review – a Welsh hydrogen fuel cell runabout that could revolutionise the car industry
4 Launched at the beginning of last year, the 10th generation Honda Civic is slowly establishing itself as a thoughtful alternative to the obvious family car contenders such as the Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra. Rightly so, too, for it has a combination of attributes that are easy to admire, be it the spacious interior, well-sorted dynamics, sensible running costs or strong engines. To date those engines have been fuelled by petrol, but after a delayed start Honda’s latest diesel unit has also joined the Civic range. For despite the decline in demand for new diesels, Honda has concluded that the fuel still has a role to play for the time being. The engine in question is a 1.6-litre, four-cylinder carried over from the previous generation Civic but updated with new pistons and a NOx storage converter to reduce emissions, along with detail changes to eradicate some of the noise and vibration inherent with diesel power. Power and torque outputs are … [Read more...] about Honda Civic diesel review: the car to make you think twice about ditching diesel?
IT’S probably the craziest and certainly one of the fastest pick-up trucks you’ll ever see – although the chances of ever seeing it are as remote as the car itself is rare. For this outlandish truck adaptation of the Japanese car makers' Civic Type R is strictly a one-off and there are definitely no plans to put it into production. Built as a show car by a specialist team from Honda UK’s product engineering department in Swindon and codenamed "Project P", the Civic Type R Pick-up Truck has been modified and developed from the standard Type R road car to create potentially one of the fastest pick-up trucks on UK roads. Using the same powertrain, suspension and gearbox as the hyper-hatch, it is estimated Project P will complete the 0-62mph sprint in less than six seconds and reach a top speed of more than 165mph. Honda Civic Type R review – Hot hatch has a great track record It also possesses the same driving modes of comfort, sport and +R, Project P … [Read more...] about Enter the crazy Honda Civic Type R pick-up truck
And so the Rolling Stones came home to London. To conquer and vanquish any doubts about their eternal youth, vigour, and evanescence in their later years. At the London Stadium with this one and only rock and roll band, it is possible to see all of music poetry and art play out - we see tragedy and comedy alternate as per Shakespearean tradition - the audience is taken through highs, tender lows, laughter and jubilation, at a show delivered with a flair that astounds and delights. (Rex) This 66,000 strong crowd of fans gather on a warm May eve to pay tribute to their idols. Mick Jagger is omnipresent, bursting onto the enormous stage in a silver, black and red jacket to the rumbling strains of "Street Fighting Man", moving directly into "It's Only Rock and Roll" then soothing us with "Tumbling Dice", prompting roars with those opening notes of "Paint it Black". Read more Album reviews: Chvrches 'Love is Dead', Snow Patrol … [Read more...] about Rolling Stones UK tour review: ‘The one and only rock and roll band’ conquer London with astounding flair